Progress on Bhandwari WtE project

The municipal corporation of Gurugram (MCG) has asked concessionaire Ecogreen to submit its plan for reclamation of land for the Bhandwari landfill site in order to build a waste to energy (WtE) plant at the site. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has instructed MCG and Ecogreen to complete the WtE project in a timely manner. 

The proposed land for a plant at Bandhwari is occupied by leachate storage ponds, legacy waste, and machinery that need to be cleared. After they are cleared, MCG will demarcate land for the plant, officials informed The Times of India.

As per the plan prepared by Ecogreen, nearly ten acres of land is required for the plant. In order to start work in time, officials said that leachate treatment should be done by February 2021 and treatment of legacy waste should be done by April, 2021. 

There is around 2 lakh metric tonnes of legacy waste and around 15,000 to 20,000 cubic meters of leachate at the landfill site, which needs to be cleared to establish the WtE plant. The civic body will also have to allot land for the processing of fresh municipal solid waste.

Every day around 2,000 tonnes of solid municipal waste — 1,200 tonnes from Gurugram and 800 tonnes from Faridabad — is being added to the Bandhwari landfill site, which already has around 35 lakh tonnes of untreated waste.

“We will clean the proposed land jointly with the MCG in a phased manner. We are currently trying to clean the leachate at the proposed site,” said Sanjay Sharma, deputy CEO, Ecogreen. 

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