The proposal to appoint the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) to prepare a municipal waste management plan for the city was deferred once again by the MC House after former Mayor Subhash Chawla pointed out anomalies in the existing garbage processing system.
Chawla said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the garbage processing plant in Sector 25 (west) should be reviewed to ensure that NEERI is not paid to do something for which the plant is already responsible.
The city generates around 350 metric tonnes (MT) of garbage everyday, all of which must go to the Green Tech Fuel Processing Plant (run by Jai Prakash Associates Ltd), said Chawla.
“As per the agreement, only five to ten per cent of the garbage should be dumped in the landfill in Dadumajra. In 2008, when the plant was established, the dumping site could only be used for five to seven more years, going by the then rate of disposal. The reason for setting up the processing plant was so that the landfill site could be used for another 40 years,” said Chawla during the House meet.
He added, “However, around 200 MT of garbage continues to be dumped everyday at the site, even though only around 35 tonnes (10 per cent) can be dumped there by the plant. A large part of the garbage is not processed at all. Are we compensating the company for illegally dumping the garbage at the site?”
The issue also led to ruckus in the House when BJP councillor Arun Sood accused the Congress of setting up the plant.
“The whole city stinks due to the plant which was set up by the Congress. They are opposing the NEERI project because councillor Raj Bala Malik, who first proposed it, has switched from the Congress to the BJP.”
Chawla replied, “We’re admitting that we brought the project. In the last decade, whatever was done for the city, good or bad, was done by us, and we don’t deny it. I’m only trying to discuss the merits of the current proposal.”
Mayor H C Kalyan said that the corporation had set up the plant, and not any political party. The agenda was deferred until the next meeting after Chawla said that copies of the MoU with the garbage processing plant should first be supplied to the councillors.