26 clusters to deal with SWM in urban bodies in State

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Jan 2017 12:37:41

By Rajan Raikwar,

Madhya Pradesh is working towards solid waste management (SWM) in urban local bodies. Under this programme being conducted under the guidance and monitoring of State mission Directorate (Swachh Mission Bharat) under Urban Administration Department, State is hopeful of becoming totally clean by 2018.

This is also for the first time that solid waste management concept has been conceptualised in state. Madhya Pradesh government is implementing integrated solid waste management (ISWM) in all 378 urban local bodies by forming 26 clusters on the concept of regional landfill site through Public Private Participation. Out of 26 clusters, five clusters will be producing energy through waste. The remaining clusters would be compositing plants which would produce fertiliser. A senior officer posted at State Urban Cleanliness Cell of Urban Administration Department, told ‘The Hitavada’ out of 26 clusters, 5 clusters, including Bhopal cluster, would be meant for energy production. Overall these clusters will produce 65 megawatt energy.

Meanwhile, composite based plants have been awarded in Katni and Sagar. The concept is to add value to the garbage by making it useful through PPP mode.

It is being anticipated that within fifteen days, all cluster bids will be completed. This officer claimed that by 2019, all clusters would be operational.

As far as compositing based concept is concerned then it is in 19 small urban local bodies where compositing is being done and their names are: Jawara, Begumganj, Manawar, Seoni-Malwa, Rajgarh, Alirajpur, Maheshwar, A lot, Chitrakoot, Timarni, Anuppur, Sonkatch, Taal, Gautampura, Ranapur, Sailana, Namli, Piploda, Tonk Khurd. In Indore, a 500 TPD capacity compositing plant has been installed.

Notably, in recent years, solid waste has emerged as a major threat to environment as well as to health of people.
In the outskirt of every big city, heap of rotting garbage could be seen. When train enters by passing the outskirts, train passengers have to close their nose as filth smell emanating from rotting garbage is unbearable. Once cluster’s of solid waste management become operational in state then these problems would get sorted out automatically.