New waste treatment plant to be established in Mumbai

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By Solar Times Bureau

The project is implemented by MMRDA at Taloja with a capacity of processing 2, 500 tones of solid waste and converting it in to electricity

Mumbai will have a new waste treatment plant by 2015, for disposing the large quantum of waste collected daily. The project is implemented by MMRDA at Taloja with a capacity of processing 2, 500 tones of solid waste and converting it in to electricity. Daily Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) generates 8, 500 tones of garbage and 2, 500 tones of solid waste. The estimated construction cost of the plant will be about Rs. 500 crore.

MMRDA is heading the project and are planning to deliver the contract for operating the plant to a consortium of Ramky Enviro Engineers and China’s Chongquing Sanfeng Environmental Industry Group. The contract of operating the processing of the plant will be given for 25 years.

The MMRDA officials said, the concessionaire will be allotted six months period for financial closure and two years for establishing the plant. Six local bodies will be utilizing the plant for processing the solid waste naming Kalyan-Dombivali, Bhiwandi,-Nizampur, Ulhasnagar, Ambernath, Badlapur and City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). Even, two big Municipal Corporations Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Navi-Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) will be using the plant for disposing some part of the solid wsat generated.

The regional slid waste management plant is an attempt to provide a clean environment to people and reliving human habitats from stinking dumping grounds, which are gradually increasing. The plant is meant for used by all local bodies, the local bodies will need to pay charges of transfer and processing of the waste, the fees charged is Rs. 843 per tone.

The local bodies will firstly bring municipal waste to a transfer station in their locality, where process of removing the moisture from the waste will be processed making it compact and will be transferred to the plant. A material recovery facility will separate the bio-degrable and combustible material. Bio-degeradable material will be composted, while the rest will be incinerated to produce 24 megawatt electricity per day.

The plant is spread across a 107-hectare plot owned by the state government. MMRDA is in talks to purchase about five hectares of private land for the project.

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