The life of people living near the dumping ground in Dadu Majra continues to be a hell-like as the Municipal Corporation has failed to give the work of garbage processing to any agency even after one year of taking over the waste processing plant from Jaypee Group.

For the past several months, it could not finalise the technology to be adopted for processing the waste at the plant, let alone floating a tender to hire an agency for installing latest machinery and processing garbage.

After expression of interest was called from different companies, all firms gave presentation to an MC committee. In a House meeting held in April, it was decided that the firms would give presentations to all councillors. Even after this, the matter could not be decided. In May, the House decided to visit different plants in other cities.

“While people are suffering, the MC is taking a whole month to decide about a small presentation. Officials will not do anything but waste the hard-earned money of the residents. The MC is spending Rs33 crore on biomining at the dumping ground but no satisfactory work has been done. A CBI inquiry should be conducted into the matter,” said Baljinder Singh Bittu, chairman, FOSWAC (an umbrella body of RWAs).

Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma said, “Learning from our bad experience where proper waste processing was not done by the agency, we are first taking our time to get the best technology for the city. I have told the officials to complete the tendering and installation of machinery works within three months.”

In June last year, the corporation had taken the possession of the plant from Jaypee while stating that very less processing of waste was being done at the unit for the past many years. Two months after the takeover, the IIT-Roorkee conducted an inspection and found that all machines at the plant in Sector 25 had already completed their lifespan. It recommended setting up a modern 500 tonne per day (TPD) plant for dry and wet waste treatment.

At present, the MC is running the plant on its own with the same worn-out machines. As per the IIT-Roorkee report, the existing plant can at best handle 60 to 65 TPD (tonne per day) waste. The city produces about 450 tonnes of waste per day. The unprocessed waste is being thrown at the dumping ground. Several fire incidents have occurred at the dumping site, causing air pollution and trouble to locals.

Source: 08 June, 2021, The Tribune