The Shimla Municipal Corporation has finally agreed to pay tipping fee to the company running the only garbage processing plant in Dadumajra. The company, the JP Associates, had held back five garbage-loaded trucks from Shimla for about five days in the first week of March owing to non-payment of tipping fee.
However, the tipping fee would be the same the Shimla civic body was paying earlier to their processing plant, which was closed later.
A special finance committee of the Shimla Municipal Corporation has agreed to pay Rs 189 per tonne of waste to the Chandigarh garbage processing plant.
Following the closure of the solid waste management plant at Bhariyal on the outskirts of Shimla, the NGT on October 1, 2015, had passed orders for processing the waste generated in Shimla at the Dadumajra garbage processing plant.
Shimla municipal assistant commissioner Prashant Sirkek said though it is the social responsibility of the Chandigarh plant to take our garbage, we have decided to pay the tipping fee.
Sirkek told The Chandigarh Newsline: “When the NGT had ordered that the garbage be sent to the Chandigarh plant for processing, it was supposed to be the social responsibility of the company to do the same. However, since they demanded tipping charges, we have approved Rs 189 per tonne of waste to be given to them.”
The Shimla MC has already given an advance payment of Rs 2 lakh to the Dadumajra processing plant authorities following which the trucks were released after unloading the garbage, said the assistant commissioner.
Though the Shimla MC may have approved the payment of tipping charges to the plant, they are in a fix as to where the garbage will be dumped if the Dadumajra plant authorities shut down their unit, as stated in a letter to the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.
According to the letter, the garbage processing plant authorities stated that they will shut down the plant by March 31, 2016, if the Chandigarh civic body doesn’t pay tipping charges of Rs 1,000 per tonne of waste to them. The plant manager said they are running into losses.
On the other hand, the Chandigarh MC is no mood to pay tipping charges. Sources said the MC is working on to get an alternative company.
“According to the MOU, no payment of tipping charges was ever discussed. So, we are considering the alternatives,” said a senior official.
However, the plant manager had been called by the MC commissioner to give a complete proposal in writing to them as to what are their demands and how would they be executing them. Since October 5, 2015, around 60 tonnes of garbage from Shimla has been coming to Chandigarh daily.