The Berhampur Municipal Corporation has handed over a stretch of land at Mohuda, on the outskirts of the city, to Vadodra-based agency UPL Environment Engineers Ltd (UPLEEL) to set up the much-awaited `40-crore solid waste management plant.
Recently, a meeting was held between the officials of UPLEEL and BMC and they also visited the site for the project. Levelling of the site for the plant has started and it would come up in an area of 31 acres of Government land.
Berhampur Waste Management Company Private Limited - a consortium of UPLEEL, Ram Engineering and Construction Company and BMC has been formed for implementation of the project. The project will be an integrated system involving collection, transportation, treatment and disposal with composting technology and closure of site. “Since BMC has no resources to pay the amount for the project, we have decided to collect at least `1 per household in the town daily,” said BMC Commissioner Ajit Mishra.
Mishra said the city generates around 1.38 tonnes of solid waste which is dumped at Chandania hills daily. After the plant comes up, BMC would pay Rs 1,300 to the company per one tonne of solid waste.
BMC has already signed the concession agreement with the UPLEEL for implementation of the project for next 20 years. BMC has asked the implementing agency to start the process of collection of the garbage from August.
“We will set up the plant for processing the solid waste after 15 months of collection of the waste materials,” said KP Maheswari, CEO of UPLEEL. The plant will be set up with latest machineries.