Updated: December 12, 2014 3:57:05 am
Facing a serious situation due to poor performance of the main garbage processing plant, Hanjer Biotech, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration has sought approval to finalise a rent of Rs 32 lakh per year for a stone quarry at Pisoli to dispose the waste generated in city. The government rent of Rs 4 lakh for the land had been earlier rejected by the owner.
The city generates around 1,500 to 1,600 tonnes of waste every day and the civic body has set up various facilities for disposal of the same. According to the civic administration, it has four different types of facilities to process the waste.
The civic administration has been relying on the processing plant run by Hanjer Biotech Pvt Ltd that has a capacity to process 1,000 tonnes of waste every day, while Disha Waste Management is catering to 100 tonnes. Ajinkya Biofirst handles 200 tonnes, while 250 tonnes of waste is being processed at the plant set up under the waste-to-energy system.
“The rapid urbanisation and proposed expansion of city limits is going to generate more waste. The existing facility is struggling to process the waste generated every day. Thus, we were on the lookout for new location to process the waste and the quarry at Pisoli has been identified for the purpose,” said a civic officer.
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“The land is adjoining the present civic limits and can be used for scientifically processing the waste till the civic body comes up with a processing plant,” he said, adding that the PMC had been disposing most of the waste at Uruli Devachi and Phursungi villages but it could not be continued after December as per an agreement with the villagers who want the garbage dump shifted.
According to the civic administration’s proposal, the quarry owner has given consent to the PMC to dispose waste and has sought rent for its use. “Going by the government rules, the rent for the 20,000 square metre land at the quarry was coming out to be Rs 4 lakh per year and the owner did not accept it. Thus, the PMC administration carried out discussion with the owner and the rent was finalised at Rs 32 lakh per year,” said the proposal, adding that monthly rent for the quarry would come out to Rs 2,66,667.
The PMC administration wants approval of the standing committee to sign an agreement with the quarry owner. The agreement would be for two years and land owner will have to ensure access road to the PMC for using the quarry. The owner would also be responsible for sorting out disputes, if any, concerning the land. If the PMC decides to continue to use the quarry after two years, the land owner would have to ensure its availability for the purpose.
Once the quarry is allotted to the civic administration for disposing waste, the basic work for scientific disposal of waste would be undertaken. Officials said efforts would be made to avoid inconvenience to local residents.
Meanwhile, the civic administration has asked the standing committee to allow 500 tonnes of non-operational processing plant run by Hanjer Biotech to be handed over to some other private company for operations, the existing company is unable to run the plant to full capacity.
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