The Devguradia trenching ground may soon house the city's first waste-to-energy (WTE) plant with a capacity of 500 metric tonnes. The plant, to be built on a public-private partnership basis, is expected to generate around 15 megawatt/hour, said sources.
Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) health officials have cleared the proposal and a notice inviting tenders (NITs) for the project is likely to be published on Friday. HT had first reported that a WTE plant was on the IMC anvil in a report dated October 14. "The plant is likely to be spread over ten acres," said Asad Warsi of Ecopro, the solid waste management consultant for the IMC.
A2Z, the secondary waste collection contractor for the Corporation, currently operates a processing plant at Devguradia which produces refuse derived fuel (RDF) bricks. "But this will be the first facility where energy will be produced through municipal waste," said Warsi.
Additional Municipal Commissioner SK Kathuria confirmed that the WTE plant proposal had been cleared. "We had sought the court’s permission but were told by our legal advisors that there was no stay on building a WTE plant so the proposal was approved," he said.
IMC had awarded the contract for setting up a waste processing plant to Protect Nature Pvt Ltd. However, the two parties became involved in a legal dispute.
In an interim order in 2010, the high court asked IMC to set aside 300 metric tonnes of waste, the contract for which was awarded to Protect Nature, and set up a plant to process the remaining quanta of municipal waste - around 500 metric tonnes - generated every day. The contract for the 500 MT plant was awarded to A2Z Ltd.
Since the amount of waste generated everyday had gone up substantially since the interim order was issued the IMC sought the court's permission for processing around 300 metric tonnes per day.
Meanwhile, the IMC has also floated tenders for door-to-door waste collection in four zones - east, west, north and south. "The area within municipal limits has been hived into four zones for door-to-door collection purposes," said Kathuria.
As per the proposal the contracted firm will have the responsibility of doorstep-level collection, secondary collection (from waste bins) and transporting it to the trenching ground.
"The contractor will use his own manpower and equipment for the end-to-end collection from the doorstep to the trenching ground," said Warsi.
Average costs for the bidding amount are estimated at around Rs 11 crore per zone. "The cost of waste collection and disposal will go up from Rs 350 to around Rs 1100 per metric tonne," said Warsi.
The Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000 call for civic bodies to segregate wet and dry waste and endeavour to adopt door-to-door collection.