THE STATE Government has decided to recommence operation of the city’s municipal solid waste treatment plant at Hardoi road lying closed for the past one year.
Disclosing this at a seminar on “Housing & Urban Development in Uttar Pradesh: Challenges & Opportunities” organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce & Industry (PHDCCI) at Hotel Taj Residency here on Wednesday, Local Bodies Director Anil Sagar said that the plant would be made operational by early next year.
It may be recalled that the plant at Hardoi road was expected to process 600 mt of waste per day. It was designed to prepare pulp of biodegradable contents to produce gas as fuel for power generation.
“Currently, the local municipal bodies in UP do not have any idea regarding the cost incurred in managing municipal solid waste and even the quantum of waste generated across the cities every day. As a result, the government had now taken a decision to partially hand over the work for collection of solid waste in Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Lucknow, Meerut and Mathura to private parties”, he said. Sagar said that the tendering process for inviting private participation in collection of municipal solid waste would begin shortly. “The government is also keen on involving private parties in the establishment and maintenance of sewage treatment plants in various cities”, he said.
Dr P Jayapal, Executive Director, HUDCO, New Delhi, said that a cluster of six “housing corridors” would be developed in six major towns and cities of Uttar Pradesh mainly — Lucknow, Sitapur, Kanpur, Rae Bareilly, Faizabad and Gonda. The length of the corridors estimated by the HUDO would be 1,540 km accommodating a population of 12 crore residents.
“HUDCO had already initiated discussions with the Planning Commission for the development of housing clusters with the involvement of the Union Ministry of Rural Development”, he said. Dr Lalit Khaitan, Chairman of PHDCCI (UP Committee) said that the Government could help in creating a conducive environment for developing the housing infrastructure in the public-private partnership mode.