Six new processing units to quell garbage menace
Inadequate operations of earlier six MSW processing units has resulted in accumulation of 30 lakh tonnes of rotting garbage, leading to health hazard
For the past four years, Bengaluru has been facing an acute garbage disposable problem with nearly 4 lakh tonnes of unprocessed garbage lying about in various dumping yards in the outskirts of the city. To tackle this, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to immediately commission six new garbage processing units in different parts of the city.
The decision has come after the High Court ordered BBMP not to dump any more garbage the way it has been. Having run out of options, the state government has decided to set up municipal solid waste (MSW) processing units in BBMP areas in and around the city. An amount of `270 crore has been earmarked for the project.
“The government has app-ointed the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KIUDFC) to act as the nodal agency for implementing the project. Work pertaining to the setting up of these MSW processing units is in full swing. It is proposed to commission the MSW plants in the next 2-3 months’ time. The plants are expected to handle around 1,800 tonnes of MSW per day,” said an official.
These six plants are coming up at Lingadheernahalli, Doddabidrakallu, Subbrayanapalya, Seegehalli, Kannenahalli and Chikka-nagamangala. Acco-rding to BBMP commissioner G Kumar Naik, to ensure professional operation of the six MSWs, those with experience in the field of running MSW plants have been selected through a tender process. Selection of the operators was made on the basis of support fee to be paid for the by-products, which the processing units will generate.
The commissioner maintained that the plants will be linked to the different zones of BBMP. To minimise transportation cost, waste from the respective zones of the processing units is what will feed them. “In order to ensure smooth running of these units, the government has ordered escrow accounts to be opened and maintained by BBMP,” he added.
Naik asserted that management of MSW processing units is a challenging task, and the plants that have been set up on a war footing need to be closely monitored to ensure that they function as per the required objectives and environmental regulations. This would necessitate periodic maintenance, regular up-gradation and quick response in case of problems. The six plants will function as a very important and essential service for the city. Any deviation in the functioning of these plants will result in garbage crisis in city, he added.
“It is important that a dedicated professional operation and management unit be established with a responsibility to ensure that these plants are run in conformity with the requirement,” said Naik.
The role of KUIDFC
The present SWM monitoring arrangement in BBMP lacks the ability to respond swiftly to requirements.
It is also not financially empowered to take immediate response measures. Considering the drawbacks that the BBMP claims, the operation and monitoring units are carved out separately outside the present administrative structure of the BBMP.
The administration of these six plants is to be entrusted to a separate and exclusive unit housed in KUIDFC.
This unit can be established and set up with required manpower to look after and manage the affairs of these six processing plants in a dedicated manner. KUIDFC will create a separate administrative set-up for this work.
Further, it is also proposed that all decisions pertaining to this function in KUIDFC will be taken by the empowered committee already constituted.