WTE plant stuck, GMC seeks 40-acre land to dispose waste

  • | Friday | 8th December, 2023

GHAZIABAD: With work on the 44.2-acre waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Hapurs Galand stuck since 2018 over protests by locals, the municipal corporation (GMC) has written to GDA seeking an alternative land parcel of 40 acres for scientific disposal of civic waste. The proposed Galand plant will convert waste into energy and generate power of at least 60 MW/day once operational.In 2018, the state government inked an agreement with a Netherland-based company, GC International, to develop the GalandWTE plant in 18 months. However, with locals protesting against the plant, work has been stuck.The protesters even brought down the boundary wall of the plant, following which the district administration last month sought police help to get the work done. According to civic officials, till the Galand plant was ready, the municipal corporation had to look for other solutions.We have written to the GDA to make 40 acres of land available for scientific disposal of civic waste. The proposal was vetted by the GMC board and we hope that the development authority will consider our demand, a civic official said.Currently, Ghaziabad generates 1,400MT waste daily, with 600MT turned into compost daily on a 10-acre plot on pipeline road. The pipeline road site became operational in July this year after garbage piled up at the 30-acre Morta site due to a lack of waste processing. However, the GMC officials said it is too small to contain the amount of waste the city generates, and the situation will only become more dire as the population spikes over the next few years.The corporation plans to install material recovery centres at five places and needs a 5,000 sqm land parcel of the same. In March, the citys first waste processing unit with a capacity of 200 TPD was commissioned at Akbarpur Behrampur. The unit has been developed on a 10,000 sqm area in PPP mode. Four more units of 150-200 TPD capacity each are also in the offing at Madhuban Bapudham, Hindon Vihar, Sahibabad and Rajendra. Another bio-CNG plant of 300 TPD capacity has been planned in Dundahera and is likely to be ready by July next year. We also published the following articles recentlyCompany buys 180 acres to set up plant in Gurgaon to make iPhone cellsJapanese company TDK, a leading supplier of cells to Apple, is setting up a 180-acre facility in Manesar, Haryana to build cells for batteries used in the MadeInIndia iPhones. Minister of state for electronics and information technology Rajiv Chandrashekhar confirmed this. The company will invest around Rs 7,000 crore in the state, generating over 10,000 new jobs. Apple has been looking at India as its next growth driver and the local production of lithium-ion battery cells will enhance local value addition in Apples products. TDK is awaiting environmental clearance to start production.BMC invites bids to set up 200 MLD capacity desalination plantThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has initiated the bidding process for the construction of a desalination plant in the Manori area. The plant will have a daily capacity of 200 MLD and is expandable to 400 MLD. Bids are invited for the operation and maintenance of the plant for 20 years. The project has obtained approval from the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority and will be established on 12 hectares of government land.Sonsoddo waste site will sport tidy look by Jan-end: DigambarLocal MLA Digambar Kamat stated that the cleaning of Sonsoddo garbage dump is almost complete. The solid waste management site will have a tidy look by January-end. Bioremediation of waste has started by the Goa Waste Management Corporation. The Margao Municipal Council has complied with most of the high court directives regarding Sonsoddo. They have deposited Rs 2 crore for remediation and implemented a fire management system. The multi-level parking project and repairs of the municipality building will be executed by GSUDA.

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