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UP hopes to make a ‘clean sweep’

Uttar Pradesh has renewed its efforts to develop solid waste management facilities in important urban centres, after a similar exercise failed recently. India’s most populous state is contending with growing urban population and an ever-widening deficiency in civic infrastructure.

The state government has appointed Construction & Design Services, Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam to seek proposals from private parties to develop solid waste management facilities in nine urban centres including capital city Lucknow. Private enterprise was being sought to develop SWM facilities under a 30-year concession period using the DBFOT route. The entire project is estimated to cost around 150 crore.

The project will receive assistance under the Centre’s JNNURM scheme. The state government will provide land for the waste processing unit and the sanitary landfill free of cost. Land has been identified in each of the nine locations. The private developer will be entitled to collect user charges from the respective urban local body (municipality), wherever applicable.

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