While garbage was processed in every ward earlier, central processing would be carried out at Moshi garbage depot. Around 800 tonnes of garbage are generated in PCMC area every day. Two agencies would construct the waste to energy plant at Moshi garbage depot at a cost of Rs 208 crore in about 18 months. The plant would have a capacity to process around 1000 tonnes of garbage. PCMC would provide 6.2 acres of land at the garbage depot for construction of the plant.
The project would be carried out on the basis of design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis for a period of 21 years. The scope of work includes segregation and recovery of municipal waste and processing of compost from received biodegradable waste, Hardikar said.
A master plan has been prepared with regards to processing of organic waste, dry waste, green waste and construction of debris, Hardikar said.
A technical advisory committee had been formed with experts from IIT Mumbai, and NEERI, including the municipal commissioner. Hardikar said that PCMC consumes 35 MW of power every day. The municipal corporation has asked two agencies to provide power at Rs 5 per unit for a period of 21 years. Around 11.5 MW of power would be generated everyday by the agencies. Water for the plant would be recycled from sewage treatment plants, Hardikar said.
Two days back, BJP corporator Maya Barne had raised questions about the WTE plant. Detailed presentations should have been made after the standing committee approved the proposal on February 28, Barne said. Opposition leader Yogesh Behl said he was not opposed to the project but raised questions about the municipal corporation giving Rs 50 crore for the same. The WTE plant would be a milestone, ruling party leader Eknath Pawar said.
The general body also approved transportation and processing of construction waste for a period of 15 years on DBFOT basis.
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