STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) on Wednesday launched a waste-collection vehicle to pick used ‘Puja material’ from temples for proper disposal. The move is aimed at arresting the trend of throwing such materials in water bodies, including Tawi river and other places in the Winter Capital, JMC Mayor Chander Mohan Gupta informed reporters here. “The auto-rickshaw introduced for the purpose will go to the temples to collect used flowers and other materials, which will be later turned into compost at an identified place and distributed among interested people for using the same as fertilizer,” he said. The JMC is in the process of installing a machine at a cost of Rs 20 lakh for treating waste materials at its Bandu Rakh land, Gupta said. Seeking active cooperation of temple priests, he requested them to collect ‘Puja materials’ at a specified place within the complex and contact JMC for proper disposal. He further said that JMC is making all necessary efforts to make Jammu ‘Green and Clean’. “The people are raising issues with their councilors and we are determined to make Jammu one of the top 10 ‘Clean and Green’ cities of the country,” he said. Referring other issues like biogas usage and stray-dog menace, Gupta appealed to dairy owners, operating within JMC limits to install biogas units. “Biogas plant costs Rs 30,000 and the government is providing a subsidy of Rs 13,000 on such units, which will help in keeping the drains clean,” he added. Regarding stray dogs, Gupta informed that special teams have been constituted to deal with the problem.
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