Guardian minister asks NMC to start waste-to-energy, gas, compost project
It was first reported that the Dutch company had emerged as the lowest bidder in the tender floated by the civic body on August 17.
Nagpur: Guardian minister Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy CM on Sunday directed the NMC to start the project to treat the waste and produce renewable energy, bio-CNG, biogas, compost, etc. within a year. They have also fully approved the project proposed by the Netherlands-based private company – SusBDE-Sustainable Business Development.
It was first reported that the Dutch company had emerged as the lowest bidder in the tender floated by the civic body on August 17. And Nagpur Municipal Corporation had also issued a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) to the company and the agreement is likely to be executed in the coming days.
On Sunday, the company’s chairman Jaap Veenenbos, and Municipal Commissioner Radhakrishnan B gave a presentation on the proposed project to Fadnavis and MLC Pravin Datke was also present. Along with this, Fadnavis has also directed the Nagpur Municipal Corporation to prepare a time-bound program for the execution of the project.
If this project is implemented, then the NMC may be able to dispose of 1,000 metric tonnes (MT) of the total 1,200 metric tonnes of waste collected daily, without spending a single penny. And to add to this, the Netherlands-based company has quoted a nominal tipping fee of Re 1 per metric ton (MT), which is a huge windfall for the cash-strapped NMC.
NMC is also looking for private players to treat
This company had also offered to pay a royalty of about Rs 15 lakh to NMC in the first year itself and a percentage of the profit after that. The company will have the right to sell all products generated from the waste.
NMC officials have also said that the company will have to invest around Rs 300 crore to execute the project. The company has also been given various options like setting up a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) from dry waste.
Since 2009, NMC is also looking for private players to treat the approximately 1,200 metric tonnes of waste generated in the city every day. But unfortunately, NMC has not found any operator at all and a huge amount of garbage is lying in the Bhandewadi dumping yard which is also causing various types of pollution.
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