As the municipal corporation elections are around the corner, the BJP-led civic body is in a hurry to initiate the work for setting up a multi-crore plastic to fuel plant before the model code of conduct comes into effect. The civic body has called for expression of interest from companies in the Swiss Challenge mode. A Swiss Challenge is a way to award a project to a private player on an unsolicited proposal. The Swiss Challenge system allows other competitors to make better offers (challenges) for the project during a designated period with an aim to avoid exaggerated project development costs. Then accordingly, the original proponent gets the right to counter-match any superior offers given by the other party.
The pre-application meeting has been scheduled for November 14, a day before the code of conduct comes into force.
According to the proposal given by a company, the plant would convert the entire plastic waste, including milk packets and sachets, into fuel oil. A presentation was also given in the house that suggested that every 1kg plastic would be converted into 0.8 litres of fuel.
Congress councillor Subhash Chawla said: “In order to take credit, the BJP is hurriedly passing a project that involves crores. I don’t understand what is the hurry. After all the land would also be given that itself is worth crores.”
The land identified for the project is at the dumping ground site at Daddu Majra Colony, Chandigarh .
According to the proposal, 10 collection centres would be set up at strategic locations. The cost of the plant is estimated at Rs 20 crore and the contract would be for 30 years. The plant will work on its own energy and has solar rooftops. It is self-sustainable and no electricity would be required. About 10 tonnes of plastic would be required daily as per the capacity of the plant.
After this presentation, a team of councillors visited to check the plant in Chennai and gave a go-ahead. Following that, a go-ahead was given by the Finance and Contract Committee and the MC house.