NCP clears pro­posal amid op­po­si­tion from par­ty­men

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

CBD BELAPUR: In the ab­sence of the op­po­si­tion which had walked out of the NMMC gen­eral body on Thurs­day, the NCP man­aged to clear a pro­posal for gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric­ity from garbage at Turbhe land­fill site. It, how­ever, faced op­po­si­tion within its own ranks en­sur­ing that the ab­sence of the op­po­si­tion was not felt.

One of NCP’s se­nior cor­po­ra­tors and for­mer stand­ing com­mit­tee chair­man Suresh Kulka­rni has vowed to op­pose the Rs180 crore pro­ject.

Af­ter its plans for gen­er­a­tion of methane gas from garbage failed, NMMC had pre­sented the pro­posal for the gen­er­a­tion of elec­tric­ity from garbage. The pro­posal was ex­pected to be passed smoothly as the op­po­si­tion mem­bers were not present. How­ever, with the party and al­liance mem­bers them­selves ob­ject­ing to it, the pro­ject has be­come con­tro­ver­sial.

NMMC has given a con­tract to a pri­vate com­pany for treat­ment of garbage at the sci­en­tif­i­cally de­vel­oped land site for man­u­fac­ture of fer­tiliser and fuel pel­lets. How­ever, due to lack of much de­mand for such fer­til­izer and the fuel pel­let, the com­pany is suf­fer­ing losses. It has now pro­posed to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity from garbage.

Elec­tric­ity will be gen­er­ated from around 600 to 1200 tonnes of garbage that is dumped ev­ery day at the land­fill site. The power will then be sold to MSEDCL. It will cost the civic body Rs180 crore.

Ob­ject­ing to the pro­posal, Congress cor­po­ra­tor Man­dakini Mha­tre said, “The Rs170 crore so­lar pro­ject planned at Morbe dam has failed to take off for years. The power gen­er­ated from garbage here will be sold to MSEDCL at Rs7.90 per unit.”

She asked, “When MSEDCL’s own cost of power is Rs 4.59 per unit and the cost of so­lar power is Rs7.4 per unit, why will it pur­chase NMMC power at a higher cost?”

Kulka­rni, who has a huge in­flu­ence in Turbhe area, said: “If the pro­posal is ap­proved and im­ple­mented, over 2 lakh res­i­dents of Turbhe will take to the streets.”

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