Chandigarh MC looking for private players to manage SWM facility

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The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC) is planning to hand over its garbage processing plant to a private player for upgrading the machinery and managing the plant. A senior MC official said that they are planning to invite expression of interest for the better utilization of the plant.

The MC had ended its contract with Jaypee group which was managing the plant since around six months ago. The MC had claimed the Jaypee group was not processing waste properly when it had taken over the plant. However, the civic body has also failed to run it in a smooth manger and 80% to 90% of garbage is going directly to the dumping ground, reports The Times of India.

The plant is currently working at around 10 percent of its capacity, adding to the challenges of processing solid garbage in a city that produces nearly 470 metric tonnes of waste daily.

“The plant was constructed in 2008 as per MSW 2000 guidelines. Now, it is mandatory to follow SWM 2016 Rules, which require segregated waste collection and processing. The best way is to set up a new modern 500 TPD plant for dry and wet waste. For dry waste or mixed waste, even after repair/maintenance of existing machinery, shredder, trommels, the existing plant will at best handle 60 to 65 TPD. Hence, if the corporation expects the plant to treat 200 TPD (40 percent of 500 TPD), additional new equipment will be required,” the report had stated.

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