Experts have said that to ensure the Bandhwari waste management plant becomes sustainable again, the plant should start producing second generation recycled products such as biomethane gas, charcoal, fuel, power etc.
These products have a good market demand as opposed to the refuse-derived fuel and compost produced by the plant, which have no market today.
“Unfortunately the plant does not have the technology to produce second generation products. This is the biggest flaw in the 30 year agreement signed between the Haryana government and Hanjer Biotech Energies Pvt Ltd.,” said Lalit Mattu, managing director Essem High Tech Pvt Ltd.
The plant closed six months ago due to a major fire and it is estimated there is 1,35,000 tonnes of waste lying untreated.
Hanjer Biotech Energies Pvt. Ltd. has demanded `300 per tonne for waste disposal from the MCG and Faridabad to help restart the plant.
A senior official of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute said the root cause of the problem lay in a false claim made by the concessionaire.
“Most plants in India fail as the companies tend to make false promises in their detailed project reports (DPR),” he said.
Meanwhile, the company has said that they have submitted a proposal to the government claiming that they have been working on second generation products. “We have told the government that in two years, Hanjer Biotech will have technology to produce second generation products,” said a senior executive at the company.