After a long wait of seven years, Patiala Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Monday finally floated the tender for setting up the municipal solid waste plant for city and 21 other municipal committees that fall in Patiala and Sangrur districts.
As per the tender document, the estimated garbage processing capacity of the plant would be 440 tons per day and the selected bidder will be responsible for both collections and processing. This would include door to door collection, segregated storage of the municipal waste, and transportation of the garbage from storage point to processing plant for the fixed period of 25 years. The selected bidder will also create common sanitary landfill site for disposing of the processed waste.
The winning bidder can also generate compost power and other by-products of the waste, depending upon the technology used for the purpose.
The plant that was first proposed in 2009 was held up so far due to the political interference as the local leaders objected setting up the plant in Dudhar village in the district.
Even as the tender document is silent on the location of the plant, MC Commissioner PS Gill said the plant would be set up in 20 acres of panchyat land in Dudhar only if centre and state governments grant them the permission to set up in the village.
He said with evolving technology, the plant in no way would affect the lives of the residents living there. The village panchayat has given its consent for the new facility.
“In the case of resistance from nearby areas, we are open for change in location but that situation will not arrive,” he said.
He said the project would not only streamline the processing, but also the collection of the garbage. The problem of unauthorised dumping of the waste in residential areas will be over as the MC will construct the concrete collection and storage centres on the lines of Chandigarh, he said.
As per the tender documents, all the necessary details about the project will be uploaded on state government’s tendering site on September 29.
The pre-bidding conference will be held in Patiala MC on October 12 and the last date to submit the financial and technical bids will be November 15, following which the final bidder will be selected.