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Ajmer: Roses offered at Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s dargah in Ajmer by zayrins (pilgrims) will now be used to manufacture an organic compost. Presently over two tonnes of roses that are offered daily at the dargah end up as waste. The project would be started in association with the Rural Development Programme (RDP) of Art of Living (AOL) Foundation as part of its waste management programme. It would be funded by a corporate as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. Speaking to DNA, Dr Adil, assistant nazim, Ajmer Dargah, said, “The project is being taken up as part of 100 clean iconic cities programme. It is a combined effort of dargah administration, AOL and Hindustan Zinc. Dargah administration will provide land and facilities for waste collection, AOL will provide technical expertise and Hindustan Zinc would fund it through its CSR programme.” It is estimated that 30 kg of compost will be made from two tonnes of rose petals. This would generate around 900 kg organic compost in a month.