6 MBT plants in Bengaluru stand still

Two years ago, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in Karnataka decided to convert 6 landfills into MBT plants in order to solve the local garbage crisis. These are located in Kannahalli, Seegehalli, Lingadheeranahalli, Subbarayanapalya, Doddabidirakallu and Chikkanagamangala. In the past 6 months, these 6 waste processing units in Bengaluru have come to a standstill. According to The Economic Times, there are three main reasons for this: suboptimal contract terms for the three companies responsible for the conversion, delayed payment by BBMP for the compost sold and low quality of the produced compost. As a solution, the plants in Doddabidirakallu and Chikkanagamangala should now be transformed into WtE plants, and also IL&FS, one of the contracted companies, is interested in converting its units into WtE plants. The MBT plant in Kannahalli alone has a capacity of 160,000 tpy and has cost INR 700 million (EUR 8.7 million).

Picture credit: Matthew T Rader, A photo of a city scene in Bengaluru, CC BY-SA 4.0

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