A day after the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation threatened to cancel the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the company running the waste processing plant in Sector 25, the plant authorities say they were ready to pull out. The management of the firm, Jaiprakash Industries Limited, that runs the plant, says they were incurring a loss of Rs 50 lakh per month.
Speaking to HT, in-charge of the waste processing plant RD Sharma said, “We will receive waste from Shimla only till October 13, which is next date of hearing at National Green Tribunal (NGT). After that, we will ask them to pay us a processing of Rs 1,000 per tonne of waste as we are running in losses.”
As far as the issue of processing fee with Chandigarh MC is concerned, Punjab and Haryana High Court had sought a reply from the civic body on processing fee, which is Rs 1,000 per tonne.
On other hand, coming down heavily on plant authorities, city mayor Poonam Sharma said, “We will not tolerate the manner the plant is operating. If required, we will cancel the contract and opt for better waste processing options avaialble.”
On Friday, law officer of Chandigarh MC, Rakesh Kumar, visited Shimla to get a copy of the writ petition. He said a reply would be filed on Monday in the NGT. Chandigarh MC commissioner Bhawna Garg said how could the plant authorities accept waste from outside without consulting the MC authorities. “We would be appearing before the NGT on October 13 to implead as party and will apprise the court that the plant was violating the agreement by processing the waste being sent to it other than Chandigarh,” she said.
On October 1, the NGT had issued directions that 90 tonnes of solid waste from Himachal Pradesh—Shimla (60), Baddi (20) and Solan (10)—be sent to Chandigarh for processing. The first truck from Himachal Pradesh reached the Dadumajra waste processing plant on October 5.