Delhi: Three big players to be roped in to clear legacy waste at landfills

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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to involve three major stakeholders in order to reduce the burden of legacy waste from Bhalswa, Ghazipur, and Okhla landfills in a timely manner. It has finalised a plan to biomine 90 lakh tonnes of legacy waste at the three landfills—30 lakh tonnes from each landfill in a timely manner. Currently, multiple concessionaires are performing these tasks and lifting and transporting inert depending on their needs.

The move follows targets set in a report submitted to lieutenant governor VK Saxena last month for landfill flattening.

According to a senior MCD official, there are limited funds that must be distributed equally among the three locations. “After reviewing the tender report, we discovered that the cost per tonne for waste processing and transportation was extremely high” (over Rs 1,000 per tonne). So we reworked the entire project report and decided to appoint three concessionaires,” the official informed The Times of India.

According to officials, the request for proposal for the task, as well as the projected source of funds, will be placed before the special officer of MCD next week before inviting bids.

The Centre has approved Rs 775 crore for biomining under the Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 scheme.

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