Residents living in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region may soon get a scientifically managed dumping ground at Taloja. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has now invited bids to develop the Regional Solid Waste Management Project at Taloja on a Public-Private Partnership module.
The 117-hectare regional solid waste management project is expected to clear about 2,000 metric tonnes of solid waste daily from the four municipal corporations of Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Ulhasnagar and Bhiwandi-Nizampur, and two municipal councils of Ambernath and Kulgaon-Badlapur.
The MMRDA will provide the selected developer with a viability gap funding for the Rs1,000 crore project, which he will run for 25 years.
The dumping ground will not only be stench-free, but also generate electricity and have organic farms producing compost. The developer will be allowed to commercially exploit the compost manure created.
The MMRDA, in an attempt to take dumping sites away from human settlements, had proposed regional dumping grounds to treat garbage from all municipal corporations and councils in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Officials from the MMRDA said seven municipal corporations and 13 municipal councils will be able to use this landfill site.
The MMRDA has also asked the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation if it would want to use the site. The BMC has declined saying it can manage on its own for now but is open to using the facility in future.
Earlier, the MMRDA had invited Expression of Interest and received a response from 15 international and 22 national companies who wanted to provide valuable techno-commercial input to help start the project.
Metropolitan commissioner Rahul Asthana claimed they were expecting the bids to be submitted by the end of December.