Kanpur: Legacy waste reduced by half in ten months

The Kanpur Municipal Corporation claims that it has cleared nearly 8 lakh cubic metres of legacy waste within a span of 10 months, starting January 2020. Massive amounts of waste had accumulated at its defunct ten-year-old SWM plant, burying the weighbridge, machinery, and vehicles, spilling onto the highway.

Nearly 17 lakh cubic metres of legacy waste was dumped at the plant site with 1100 MT being added on a daily basis, as per information provided by the Municipal Commissioner Mr Akshay Tripathi. The project is estimated to have cost the KMC Rs 11.15 crores, including O&M costs amounting to Rs 4.29 crores, and was implemented in-house by the KMC, which has now made the machinery also available in the market on a rental basis.

While nominating the Corporation for the SKOCH Awards for SWM (Processing and Disposal), Mr Tripathi said fresh waste was also processed on a daily basis during the last ten months.

The Kanpur Solid Waste Management Plant, which was constructed in 2010 under a PPP Project with IL&FS, has a capacity of 1500 TPD. The plant stopped waste-processing in 2014 after IL&FS stopped its operations, which resulted in a major pile-up of waste.

Picture Credit: https://exhibition.skoch.in/beacons-of-hope/kanpur-municipal-corporation/

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