IEP Chandigarh, September 28
Banwarilal Purohit, Governor, Punjab and Administrator, UT, Chandigarh today inaugurated the project of legacy waste bio-mining and land recovery at Dadumajra dumpsite, here today in the presence of Smt. Kirron Kher, Member Parliament, UT, Chandigarh, Smt. Sarbjit Kaur, Mayor, Sh. Dharm Pal, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, UT, Chandigarh and other dignitaries and prominent persons of city beautiful.
The work of bio-mining measuring 8 acres of land fill site having 7.67 lacs metric tons of legacy waste dumped therein will be completed within 43 months from the date of start by M/s Akanksha Enterprises, a Karnal-based firm at project cost of Rs. 68 crores.
Addressing the gathering, the Governor said that the project will giva a big relief to the residents from the foul smell and leachate oozing out of the garbage dump, which is been a major cause of the spread of various diseases, flies and dust nuisance. He said that it is a happy moment to not only the local area residents but also the councilors of Chandigarh who are working together towards Swachhta above party lines.
He said that Solid waste management is one of the biggest challenges in the country and the idea of Swachh Bharat Mission could not be achieved until the Municipal Corporations go for the scientific way of disposal for Municipal Solid Waste.
Smt. Kirron Kher, Member Parliament said that the Dadumajra dumping ground spread over an area of 45 acres used for dumping of garbage since 40-50 years and under Solid Management Rule 2016, it is necessary to bio remediate the legacy waste and to recover the valuables out of it. Accordingly the one land fill site of 20 Acres, wherein 5 lakh metric tons of legacy waste was lying since long, 4.21 lakh metric tons has been processed so and in the coming months 15 Acres of land will be re-claimed and the entire work will be completed by 31.03.2023.
She said that another, land fill site measuring 8 Acres has 7.67 Lakh metric tons of legacy waste dumped therein and the project for bio-remediation of the same has been allotted which will be completed in stipulated time frame. She appreciated the team of MCC for treatment and processing of waste in a segregated manner and lots of efforts have been made into this.
She said that people’s participation is a must for the city to regain its place as the cleanest city in the country. She added that the legacy mining would not only help residents in Dadumajra but also people residing in nearby sectors.
Smt. Sarbjit Kaur, Mayor Chandigarh said that the existing MC Solid Waste Plant is being upgraded to process 200 metric tons of dry and wet waste which will start functioning by next month. The capacity of treatment of wet waste will also increase from 120 tons per day to 200 tons per day. Whatever remains which cannot be processed further, will be collected into a sanitary land filled site being constructed over an area of 8 acres, along with construction of a Leachate Treatment Plant which will start functioning by shortly.
She further said that in order to treat horticulture waste, MCC is constructing a Horticulture Waste Processing Plant of 20 Tons per day capacity in Sector 47, Chandigarh wooden briquettes produced after process used as fuel for the cremation purpose and extra briquettes will be sold to furnaces as fuel. Similarly 10 metric tons coconut shells which used to be part of wet waste are being shredded to produce coconut husk which is being sold as RDF.
While addressing the gathering Sh. Dharm Pal, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator said that for a long term solution of Solid Waste disposal, the process has been initiated for setting up of the State of the Art dry and wet waste treatment and waste processing plant in a period of next 2 years.
He said that the Administration is fully dedicated to give much sought after respite to the residents of Dadumajra from the fuel smell, flies, legacy waste problem and to prevent diseases by bringing clean technology for treatment of solid waste and by getting rid of huge quantity of legacy waste from the dump site.
Earlier, Sh. Kuldeep Kumar, area councilor welcomed the Chief Guest and all the guests among dignitaries of the city. Sh. Nitin Kumar Yadav, IAS, Home Secretary, Sh. Debendra Dalai, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forest, Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Commissioner, MCC, Sh. Vinay Partap Singh, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, Sh. Dalip Sharma, Senior Deputy Mayor, Sh. Anup Gupta, Deputy Mayor, other councilors and prominent persons were present during the occasion.