Residents of the city willing to process the garbage at the source itself can now avail 50 per cent subsidy for the waste management system from the district administration. Steps have been initiated to disburse the amount through the District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC), said P.I. Sheikh Pareed, District Collector.

He was launching the ‘Zero Waste' project at the Bharat Hotel here on Saturday. Better Kochi Response Group (BKRG) and the Ernakulam District Residents Associations Apex Council (EDRAAC) will be coordinating agencies for the implementation of this project.

Presenting the project, S. Gopakumar, president of the BKRG, said that residents can install bio-gas or bio-fertilizer project.

Similar scheme

A similar scheme is being conceived for the second project, which was kicked off on Saturday – ‘Own Vegetable'. The Horticulture Mission will provide 50 per cent subsidy for setting up vegetable gardens on rooftops or backyards of residences. Along with Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi has also been included in the implementation of the scheme. Initially, this was to be tried out in Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.

The Kerala Horticultural Corporation will provide sacks and seedlings, as well as training for vegetable farming. “The idea is to bring down the dependency on other States for vegetables,” said Mr. Gopakumar.

Third project

The third project that was launched on Saturday was ‘Road Watching'. Under this project, the details of the retired engineers appointed by the Corporation to monitor road works in the city will be circulated among residents associations, along with the technical specifications of road works. In this manner, the residents can monitor the road repair works in their locality and spot out irregularities, if any.

The Ernakulam DTPC, State Suchithwa Mission and Horticulture Mission are partners in these ventures.

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