A few gated communities in Hyderabad are opening their gates to new ideas and becoming helping hands for farmers. The housing societies in these communities have installed OWC (organic waste converters) to process wet waste. The end product, manure, is being distributed to farmers and also is being used to develop greenery in their community premises.
The gated communities which are following these innovative environmental conservation methods include My Home Jewel, Aparna Cyberlife, Aparna Cyber Commune, Nagarjuna Residency, Aparna Hillpark Gardenia, and NCC Urban Gardenia. The community residents have also tied up with NGOs to handle the logistics and ensure the manure promptly reaches farmers.
According to Dr. Sai Ravi Shanker, president, Federation of Gated Communities, Cyberabad, and Secretary, Aparna Towers, they identify poor farmers in districts with the help of residents, relatives, and organizations.
Samapada Kulkarni from Aparna Cyberlifesays that for two years, a vendor was available to dispose of the dry waste. But for wet waste, they were unable to find a proper solution. Then they received a mandate from the GHMC about onsite composting, which motivated them, and the much-required solution was found. Since the time this recycling initiative launched in these gated communities, the chain process of Swachh Auto Tippers visiting their communities to pick up waste to dump it in the Jawahar Nagar dump yard is now over, thus reducing a lot of air pollution in the area.
To spread the waste recycling initiative to more gated communities, the Federation of Gated Communities, Cyberabad, is coordinating with housing societies in the IT corridor.