A solid waste management firm operating in Salem in Tamil Nadu has come forward to solve the problem of the collection and disposal of garbage in Bangalore, Urban Affairs Minister S Suresh Kumar said here on Monday.
The minister said Hanjira Biotech Energy Pvt Ltd had offered to set up their unit on a 10-acre plot near Bangalore and had also invited a team of state government officials to see the plant’s operations in Salem.
Stating that he and officials from the Urban Development Department and commissioners of a few urban local bodies would visit the plant on Tuesday, the Minister said, “The TN government had promised to provide all co-operation to the team.”
He said Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar had evinced keen interest in the operations of the Salem plant, which former CM BSY had visited.
“After my visit, a report would be submitted to the Cabinet next week with a proposal to establish such a unit in Karnataka,” he said.
“The Salem garbage unit also has automated segregation plant which would sort out both bio-degradable and non bio-degradable wastes from garbage,” he said.
Hubli-Dharwad City Corporation had also evinced keen interest in a solid waste management model being operated by a private firm in Pune. “The government will also send an official team to Pune to study the operations of the unit and introduce it in Hubli-Dharwad,” he said.
Cauvery Project to be Commissioned in Oct
Suresh Kumar said that the Rs 5,400-crore Japan-assisted Cauvery fourth stage second phase drinking water project was all set for commissioning in October first week.
He said that with the commissioning of the 500-MLD Cauvery fourth stage project, people of Bangalore were expected to get sufficient water till 2016. “With this, the total flow of the Cauvery water to Bangalore would touch 1040 MLD,” he said. Cauvery fourth stage would meet water needs of about five lakh households in eight erstwhile city municipal councils.
While appealing to the people to engage only the plumbers registered with the BWSSB to get their connections, the minister issued a warning against any attempt to exploit the public.
Informing that the state had made a huge investments to execute the project, he said, “I have written letters to both the legislators and the corporators of the areas to ensure that there was no malpractice both in consumption of water and collection of revenue.”