The ambitious plan of building and operating a regional landfill for all metropolitan regions around Mumbai city is now back on track after being stalled for nearly a year due to the lack of a written consent from various urban local bodies about their willingness to use such a facility.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has recently received this written consent from the urban local bodies of Bhiwandi-Nizampur, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivali, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath and Badlapur. Besides, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the development authority for Navi Mumbai, has also expressed its willingness to utilise such a landfill for treating its solid waste.
The solid waste management plant, which is proposed to be built at a cost of around Rs 500 crore, will process 2,500 tonnes of garbage from the Mumbai metropolitan region daily.
Ashwini Bhide, additional metropolitan commissioner at the MMRDA, said, “Now, all the urban local bodies that we had planned the project for are on board. Even Thane Municipal Corporation, which had earlier decided to back out from the project, has now given a written undertaking about being a part of the project.”
“The only issue that these local bodies have is that they want the charges for the transportation of waste to the landfill reduced, which seems fair. We will put it up before our authority for approval and soon sign the concession agreement for the project,” she said. Bhide, who was relieved from her post as Additional Metropolitan Commissioner on Monday, will take over the post of secretary of the state education department on Tuesday.
The MMRDA had in May 2013 picked a consortium of Ramky Enviro Engineers and China’s Chongqing Sanfeng Environmental Industry Group to construct and operate the solid waste processing plant at Taloja for 25 years. However, it could not immediately sign a concession agreement with the consortium as the development authority was awaiting written confirmations from the urban local bodies.
The local bodies will first bring municipal waste to a transfer station in their locality. Here, waste will be compacted by removing moisture and taken to the plant. A material recovery facility will separate bio-degradable and combustible material. Bio-degradable material will be composted, while the rest will be incinerated to produce 24 megawatt electricity per day.
The regional solid waste management plant, touted to be stench-free, is an attempt to gradually move dumping grounds away from human habitat, which all local bodies can use.
The Project cost at Taloja will cost Rs 500 crore.
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