Central, State governments release Rs 48 cr for Orange City’s ‘waste to energy’ project

Central, State governments release Rs 48 cr for Orange City’s ‘waste to energy’ project

Foul smell from Bhandewadi dumping yard to become a thing of past as 11.50 MW electricity will be generated from the waste.

This may be a good news for Nagpurians who are facing tremendous hardship due to foul smell emanating from Bhandewadi dumping yard. Central and State governments have released a sum of Rs 48.11 crore for ‘waste to energy’ project in Nagpur under Swachh Maharashtra Mission. Essel Infra Projects Limited, in collaboration with Hitachi Zosen India Private Limited, will initiate ‘waste to energy’ project in Bhandewadi dumping yard. The local body has issued a Letter of Intent (LoI) to the company and final decision on this will be taken soon.
Sources claimed that the company has successfully installed a plant at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh. By implementing the project in the city, the company will generate 11.5 MW electricity in its plant. The plant will be installed on Design Built Finance Operate and Transfer Basis (DBFOT). This will drastically reduce the problem of handling the waste generation in city.
A high power committee headed by Chief Secretary of the Maharashtra Government has cleared the proposal of Rs 308 crore for ‘waste to energy’ project. However, the Central Government has sanctioned Rs 288 crore for the project. Central Government and State Government have released 50 per cent amount from the total amount — Rs 96 crore as its contribution.
CSIR-NEERI has given technical sanction to this ambitious project. The company will process and dispose off 600 metric tonnes of garbage. Similarly, it will also generate compost and Refuse-derived Fuel (RDF) of 200 metric tonnes. RDF or solid recovered fuel or specified recovered fuel (SRF) is a fuel produced by shredding and dehydrating municipal solid waste (MSW) with the Waste Converter technology.

RDF consists largely of combustible components of municipal waste such as plastics and biodegradable waste.
The project also proposes to decentralize composting for hotel waste mixed with garden waste of 70 metric tonnes. The local body will start segregation of waste material through a two bin system- one for bio-degradable and other for recylables. It also collects wet and dry waste. The two litter bins are also proposed to be installed at public places like park, institutions and other areas. NMC will be taking these measures for improvement in segregation, collection and transportation of solid waste from its own funds.
The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court has transferred a writ petition against Bhandewadi dumping yard and problems faced by citizens due to pollution and inept handling of waste by civic body to the National Green Tribunal, Pune.

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