The Maharashtra government has approved Nagpur Municipal Corporation's (MNC) plan to leave waste-to-energy and waste-to-biogas projects and develop compost, material recovery facility (MRF), construction and demolition (C&D) projects. The state has approved the revised expense of RS 268.68 crore for these projects.
Municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan told the media that after the approval of the projects, they are thinking about whether to develop and operate under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) or performance-orientated model. And work will start after finalising the model.
The civic chief said it would probably take two months to complete the tendering procedure and six months for the construction.
For many years, garbage produced in the city has been dumped at the Bhandewadi yard because of a shortage of reuse and scientific disposal systems, which is causing pollution and revenue loss.
According to the NMCs data, nearly 1,250 metric tonne of garbage is produced in the city daily. Nagpur Solid Waste Processing and Management Private (NSWPMPL), a joint enterprise with Noida-based Essel Infraprojects Limited and Japan-based Hitachi Zosan India Private Ltd, in May 2017, was awarded the deal.
The plan was to develop a biogas and compost plant. However, NSWPMPL failed to develop the waste-to-energy project in June last year.
So, the civic body terminated the contract and submitted a new proposal to the government. Now, NMC will develop a with the capacity of 600 tonne per day (TPD), MRF with 380 TPD, and C&D capacity of 150 TPD.
The government has also approved funds for sanitary development sites. So, NMC can scientifically dispose of waste that can't be reused at these sites.