BMC will invite an expression of interest (EoI) from companies for setting up five waste-to-energy plants in the city.
The initiative is part of the corporations attempt to ease pressure off the citys two landfills at Deonar and Mulund,which have exceeded capacity as the appointed contractors refuse to process the collecting waste. The city generates nearly 6,500 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste and 2,000-2,500 metric tonnes of construction waste (debris and silt) daily.
As our landfill contractors have not been processing the waste owing to various reasons,this project should considerably ease the problem of mounting garbage and silt. We will issue an EOI in a week or so. The Jindal Group has shown interest and we are expecting a few more companies to respond to our bid – they should have prior experience in handling waste-to-energy projects. We are planning these plants at the citys transfer stations, said additional municipal commissioner Mohan Adtani,in-charge of civic solid waste management department.
As per the revised plan for the project,the corporation will share the capital expenditure for setting up the plan with the chosen company.
In our previous experience of contracting the entire capital expenditure and work for managing the citys dumping grounds,our revenue expenditure for collecting garbage and tipping fee at the landfills is considerably high. Thus we have decided that perhaps it is a better idea to share the capital costs of setting up waste-to-energy plants. Then our revenue expenditure should reduce in the long run, said Adtani.
Jindal Ecopolis is among the companies the BMC expects a response from.