Indore: Mahakal Temple at Ujjain is expected to collect hundreds of kilograms of used flowers during Simhastha as around five crore devotees are likely to visit the holy town during the month long mega event.
As part of the green Kumbh initiative, Ujjain administration has decided to install an organic waste converter at the temple campus to convert these flowers into usable organic manure. Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple Management Committee administrator RP Tiwari said, “The unit has been set up at an estimated cost of Rs 13.5 lakh. The concept is environment friendly and will help in utilising used flowers in an efficient way.” The waster converter will be operational from February 25. Indore-based Ultra Waste Management Services has bagged the tender for waste management and will install an organic waste converter with a capacity of 600 kg per day at the temple campus.
The waste collected from the temple will be segregated as organic and non-organic waste. All organic waste like flowers, leaves and coconut shells used for puja will be fed in the machine along with additive bio culture, sanitade and absorbent saw dust. After storing for 10 days the waste is decomposed into organic manure, which can be used for gardening, plantation and vegetable farming.
Sudesh Kalway, director, Ultra Waste Management Services, said, “The technology of waste converter is gaining popularity gradually as people are becoming aware about clean environment. We are expecting around 180 kg of organic manure daily from the temple premises.” The manure obtained from the temple will be sold out to nurseries,
gardens and residential townships.
Kalway has installed 13 organic waste converters in Madhya Pradesh of which 8 are in Indore and Bhopal. A 200 kg capacity unit is already installed at Khajrana Ganesh Temple in Indore. The manure obtained from the Khajrana temple is sold in packets of 1 kg and 50 kg from the temple premises. Kalway said, “We are creating awareness among people about organic waste convertors, mainly in big residential townships, schools, hotels and hospitals.”