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Now, trash won’t be dumped at Dadu Majra, assures Chandigarh MC

Purohit opens compost plant, waste pile to be cleared by March 31

Now, trash won’t be dumped at Dadu Majra, assures Chandigarh MC

NP Sharma, Chief Engineer, MC, explains working of compost plant to UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit. A Tribune Photo



Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 29

No fresh garbage will be dumped at the Dadu Majra ground from now on with Banwarilal Purohit, Governor of Punjab and UT Administrator, inaugurating a compost plant at the site today.

The remaining 2 lakh metric tonne of garbage lying at the site will be cleared by March 31, claimed officials of the Municipal Corporation.

City produces 350 MT of wet garbage daily

  • On an average, the city produces about 350 MT of wet garbage daily
  • 120 MT is processed daily and the remainder dumped at the Dadu Majra ground
  • The corporation claims it is already processing the entire 200 MT of dry waste daily
  • The dry waste is converted into refuse-derived fuel pellets

Purohit said the compost plant had been set up within five months. The MC would also construct a state-of-the-art integrated solid waste management plant designed by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI).

He asked the MC Commissioner to process the tender for the plant at the earliest. The compost plant is a temporary mechanism, which will work till the processing plant becomes operational. Purohit also inaugurated the rejuvenated Amrit Sarovar at Dadu Majra.

Mayor Kuldeep Kumar Dhalor claimed there would be no further dumping of waste in the area, as the entire garbage generated by the city would be processed scientifically.

He shared the compost plant had been constructed at a cost of about Rs 7 crore. The corporation, in collaboration with the Central Pollution Control Board, had commenced the bioremediation of the legacy waste in October 2022 and had cleared 11 LMT (lakh metric tonne) of legacy waste at the dumping ground so far. The remaining 2 LMT is set to be removed by March 31.

Dhalor said to address the issue of stinky leachate flowing on to streets and to ensure the well-being of local residents, the MC was constructing a 400-metre-long wall around the dumping ground. A drain would also be constructed alongside.

He announced that 10 km of roads would be recarpeted and the Dadu Majra stadium upgraded. Municipal Commissioner Anindita Mitra said the compost plant, spread on 7,200 sq mt, was designed to handle the increasing waste generated by the city.

Meanwhile, in a press statement, former Mayor Anup Gupta said, “We are now back on track to process 100 per cent waste. Work on clearing the legacy waste has been going on for the past two-three years after the BJP came to power.”

Reacting to the statement, Dhalor, who is from AAP, said, “This work has been underway since he became the councillor of Dadu Majra.”

Rs 7 crore project

The compost plant has been constructed at a cost of about Rs 7 crore. It is a temporary mechanism, which will work till a state-of-the-art integrated solid waste management plant designed by the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute become operational.

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