Ghaziabad: Civic body proposes Rs12.5 crore for solid waste compressing stations
The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has set aside the amount for solid waste transfer stations in its five zonesnoida Updated: Jul 18, 2017 23:32 IST
The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has set aside Rs12.5 crore for construction of a solid waste transfer station in each of its five zones. Solid waste is to be collected, segregated and compressed at each of these stations before it is transferred to the landfill site or to the proposed waste to energy plant at Galand.
Corporation officials said they have reserved various amounts of funds for development of local infrastructure after the agency recently received Rs150 crore from infrastructure development funds and from the 14th finance commission.
“The amount had been due for a long time and different measures that needed to be taken up were discussed in a meeting held with the commission (in Meerut). Apart from different works such as roads, dividers and drains, we will also take up construction of solid waste transfer stations on priority. Each station will be set up on more than one acre and will cost Rs2.5 crore each,” said mayor Ashu Verma.
The city generates around 950 metric tonnes of solid waste daily, but lacks a facility for its scientific disposal. A major challenge for these stations would be land availability and operational sustainability.
The corporation already found it difficult to run the solid waste composting plant at Pratap Vihar for which Rs4.5 crore was spent last year. However, it is not in operation any more. In the detailed project report (DPR) of the Pratap Vihar plant, the corporation failed to assess the operational cost, which is around Rs26.5 lakh per month, according to officials.
“We are in touch with the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam, which constructed the plant. We had to shut it as the operational expenditure is high. We will resume operations soon,” the mayor added.
Despite the experience with the plant, the corporation is hopeful that the five proposed stations will become operational in the next six months.
“We have also proposed purchase of 80 trucks (for another Rs4 crore) that will transport solid waste to these stations daily. The stations will be helpful as the waste will be compressed there with the help of machines. At present, it is observed that the capacity of our transport vehicles is around 8-9 tonnes, but they are able to transport only 3-4 tonnes as waste is not compressed and lies scattered. The stations will compress the solid waste and a larger quantity can be transported to the landfill site or to the proposed waste to energy plant,” Verma said.
Corporation officials have proposed that transportation from the five stations to the waste to energy plant proposed in Galand, which is outside municipal limits, be taken up at night.
Due to repeated failures to successfully deal with solid waste, the city lost out in the ‘Swachh Sarvekshan’ rankings announced by the Union ministry of urban development in both 2016 and 2017.