In place of plans for waste to energy/biogas plants
A year after it was proposed, the state government has approved Nagpur Municipal Corporation’s (NMC) idea to drop waste-to-energy and waste-to-biogas projects, and instead develop compost, material recovery facility (MRF), construction and demolition (C&D) projects. The state has approved a revised cost of Rs 268.68 crore for these projects.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B told The Times Of India, “Urban development department issued the notification revising the projects a few days ago. We are contemplating whether to develop and operate the projects under engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model, or performance oriented model. Work to prepare the tenders will start after finalizing the model. We will also table a proposal before the general body informing about the model.”
The civic chief said the target is to commission the projects within nine months. “It will take at least two months for completion of the tendering process and six months for construction,” he said.
For many years, garbage generated in the city has been dumped at Bhandewadi yard due to lack of reuse and scientific disposal systems. It is causing pollution as well as revenue loss.
As per NMC’s data, around 1,250 metric tonne garbage is generated in the city daily. Under Swachh Bharat Mission, NMC had proposed to develop waste-to-energy project in 2014 and also got approval from the government.
Some days ago, the government approved the revised proposal. Now, NMC will develop a waste-to-compost project with capacity of 600 tonne per day (TPD), MRF with capacity of 380 TPD, and C&D with capacity of 150 TPD.
Also, the government has approved funds for development of sanitary landfill sites. NMC can scientifically dispose of the waste which cannot be reused at these sites. Thus, NMC will be able to reuse and dispose of remaining unused garbage, and no garbage will be dumped as it is.