Waste-to-en­ergy plant dis­cus­sion next week

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: In the next gen­eral body meet­ing of the civic body on Jan­uary 20, two pi­lot projects – the waste-to-en­ergy plant and the re­cy­cling plant for con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion (C and D) waste — will be up for dis­cus­sion.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) had pro­posed a waste-to-en­ergy plant for pro­duc­ing elec­tric­ity by pro­cess­ing waste gen­er­ated in the city. En­ergy will be gen­er­ated from the pri­mary treat­ment of waste in a sci­en­tific man­ner.

The waste-to-en­ergy plant will process around 725 met­ric tonnes of waste gen­er­ated in the city daily to gen­er­ate around 15 megawatt of en­ergy.

The method will re­duce the quan­tity of waste and help in re­duc­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion, be­sides gen­er­a­tion of en­ergy. An es­ti­mated cost of Rs160 crore has been al­lo­cated for the pro­ject.

Of­fi­cials said they will ap­proach the govern­ment for sub­sidy fund­ing, which will re­duce the over­all cost by 20%.

Civic chief Di­nesh Waghmare said, “We are ready with the de­tailed pro­ject re­port of the waste-to-en­ergy pro­ject, which will be pre­sented be­fore the next gen­eral body meet­ing. Once ap­proved, we will ap­proach the govern­ment for sub­sidy.”

The pro­ject will be done on a pub­lic-pri­vate-part­ner­ship (PPP) model and pro­cess­ing of the waste will be done at the Turbhe land­fill site. Once ap­proved, it will take around six months for the pro­cess­ing to be­gin.

“The C and D waste re­cy­cling plant will be built at an es­ti­mated cost of Rs20 to 25 crore at the Turbhe land­fill site,” said Waghmare. Ac­cord­ing to sources, around 1,000 tonnes of il­le­gal de­bris is caught by the fly­ing squad of the en­croach­ment depart­ment of NMMC an­nu­ally.

“Once the pro­ject is im­ple­mented, it will curb il­le­gal dump­ing of de­bris. We will make it manda­tory for con­trac­tors to strictly dis­pose of the waste at the des­ig­nated site and the seg­re­gated waste will be used for mak­ing tiles, paver blocks and for other con­struc­tion pur­poses,” he said.

We will make it manda­tory for con­trac­tors to strictly dis­pose of the waste at the des­ig­nated site and the seg­re­gated waste will be used for mak­ing tiles and paver blocks. Di­nesh Waghmare, NMMC com­mis­sioner

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