With a view to making Himachal Pradesh a zero-waste state, the urban development department on Monday inked a pact with a Dutch firm NexusNovus for conducting a feasibility study for a waste management project.
The study, which will cost around rs40 lakh (51,565 Euro), would be completely funded by NexusNovus and it will be completed within six months with the assistance of the state urban development department.
Urban development department director JM Pathania said that the department would provide all field-level assistance to the Dutch company for the feasibility study and would cover three clusters -- Dharamshala-Kangra, Shimla-Solan and Mandi-Kullu-Manali
The feasibility study agreement was signed between Pathania and Rutger De Brujin, managing director for NexusNovas.Pathania said the Dutch team would be visiting Sundernagar on Tuesday.
Urban Development minister Sudhir Sharma said that a meeting was held between a Dutch delegation, headed by Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga, and a state delegation on June 16. He said the problems being faced in municipal waste management in the state were discussed in that meeting and keeping in view the expertise of Netherland in the field of waste management, the Dutch side was requested to assist the hill state in this field by providing technological and management solution to the problem.
“The Dutch firm will conduct a feasibility study and after that work would start on the waste management project,” said Pathania.
RAG-PICKERS TO BE ROPED IN
He said the state would rope in rag-pickers also in this system, besides segregating the waste at the source. “Feasibility study will also look into the disposal of polythene and plastic waste,” he added.
NexusNovus director Rutger De Brujin said that feasibility study would be done before pressing in technology for waste management in the hill state. “Feasibility study will be done by NexusNovus, but the urban development department of the will play its role while interacting with the local community and in meeting local challenges,” said Rutger.
He further said that the feasibility study would cover various points, besides a questionnaire. He said for quality and quantity of waste generation at different sources, assistance of the department would be sought.
Among other things, the assistance of urban development department would be sought by the Dutch firm for segregation at source, collection points, collection frequency, environment depots for non biodegradable waste. However, landfill, economical viability, technical feasibility and legal and policy framework would be handled by the NexusNovus alone.
The urban development department would also launch a massive community mobilisation drive throughout the entire urban areas to involve community in waste management.
EXISTING PLANT HAS OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY
Pathania said the solid waste management plant in Shimla near Tara Devi, which has a capacity of 100 tonne per day, is obsolete and new technology is now required to meet the target of making of Himachal Pradesh a waste-free state. “In this plant, segregation is also supposed to be done here which it is not possible and we should now think about segregation at source,” he said while admitting that it was a mistake to install obsolete technology in this plant.