IEP Chandigarh, January 10
Banwarilal Purohit, the Governor, Punjab and Administrator, Chandigarh inaugurated the horticulture waste processing plant at industrial area, Ph-II, here today in the presence of Mrs. Kirron Kher, Member Parliament, Smt. Sarbjit Kaur, Mayor, Sh. Dharm Pal, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh and other prominent persons of city beautiful.
While addressing the gathering, the Governor said that the goal of Chandigarh is to ensure that the city will be a garbage free city and due to the dedicated efforts of Municipal Corporation the city has risen from 66th rank in the Swachhata Sarvekshan of 2020 to 12th rank in 2021 among 1 lacs plus cities.
He said that the generation of horticulture waste is increasing day by day in the city and to avoid dumping of green waste due to pruning of trees, the horticulture waste processing plant is a asset to the city beautiful.
He said that earlier, horticulture waste being generated was dumped in landfills, after the commissioning of horticulture waste processing plant, all the waste will be processed in scientific manner to produce combustible products and dumping in landfill sites will be avoided. He said that the recycled products, made will generate income as the same may be sold to various industrial units. The products may also be used for cremation purposes thus saving the fuel wood being purchased for the purpose, he added.
Smt. Kirron Kher, Member Parliament, Chandigarh said that the Administration is committed to 100 percent waste processing in the city. He said that as far as liquid waste is concerned, all sewerage treatment plants are being upgraded and while 2 are already meeting norms, the remaining 6 will be upgraded shortly. She said that 100 percent dry waste processing has already been started recently and 100 percent sanitary waste and domestic hazardous waste processing has already started.
Smt. Sarbjit Kaur, Mayor, Chandigarh welcomed the Chief Guest and other guests on this occasion. She said that horticulture waste processing plant having capacity of 30-40 ton a day will process raw horticulture waste into briquettes. She said that total project cost comes @ Rs. 3.50 crores including cost of O&M for one year.
Sh. Dharam Pal, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh said that processing of floral waste has also been started separately. He said that an integrated plant for solid waste management which shall cater to the needs of the city for the next 25 years has been planed and premier technical institutes like NEERI and IIT Ropar are assisting the Municipal Corporation in this task.
Others present during the occasion were including Mrs. Rakhi Gupta Bhandari, IAS, Secretary to Governor of Punjab, Sh. Debendra Dalai, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forest, Chandigarh, Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Commissioner, MCC, Sh. Anup Gupta, Deputy Mayor, Ms. Neha, area councillors, other councillors of MCC and senior officers of MCC.
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