NMC to go for bio-mining of solid waste dumped at Bhandewadi

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 May 2018 10:07:16


Staff Reporter,

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will go for bio-mining of 10 lakh metric tonnes of waste dumped in Bhandewadi dumping yard. Standing Committee, in its meeting held on Thursday, cleared a proposal awarding the contract for the work to M/s Zigma Global Environ Solutions Private Limited.

Presently, the local body is processing only 200 metric tonnes of garbage out of 1,100 metric tonnes generated in the city. Around 900 metric tonnes of garbage stands simply dumped at the yard for years. Under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Central Government has directed NMC to vacate the space at Bhandewadi dumping yard by processing the garbage. Bio-mining will help NMC to reduce the garbage dumped at the yard.

Virendra Kukreja, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee, told the mediapesons after the committee’s meeting on Thursday that NMC had invited request for proposal for bio-mining. Four bidders namely M/s S M S Limited, Nagpur; M/s Mailhem IKOS Environment Limited, Pune; M/s Satyam Chemicals, Nagpur; and M/s Zigma Global Environ Solutions Private Limited had expressed interest. Of them, three were short-listed but only M/s Zigma Global filled request for proposal online. As a result, NMC went for re-tendering. Again, only M/s Zigma Global responded to it. As in third call also the same firm applied, NMC negotiated the rate of Rs 1,230/metric tonne quoted by the company.
The firm reduced the rate to Rs 1,040/metric tonne.

NMC then sought clarification from Joint Secretary (SBM), Union Ministry of Urban Development, whether the rate was ‘okay’. Later, the ministry asked NMC to take its own call to go with the single bid received, and assured to support the local body’s decision. “Dump-site remediation is an important call, since land is limited, thus Ministry supports the cause,” it added. Later, NMC appointed a committee for rate analysis. After that, and further financial scrutiny, NMC found that the company quoted rate of Rs 250/metric tonne for transporting refuse derived fuel (RDF) from Nagpur to cement plants in Chandrapur. Standing Committee considered all these points and later cleared the proposal with a rider that if NMC needed to stock RDF for waste-to-energy plant, the option for reducing the rate by Rs 250/metric tonne should be kept open.

Standing Committee also gave its nod to a proposal scrapping construction of cement road from Narendra Nagar Bridge to Vivekanand Square to Deonagar T-Point due to huge underground pipeline passing underground. Now, the civic body will asphalt the road. It has suggested a new road from Rahate Colony to Congress Nagar T-Point for concretisation work. The length of the road is 610 meters and width is 18 meters. The total cost of the project is Rs 12.59 crore.
Further, the Standing Committee cleared a proposal for purchase of six ambulances, six hearse vans, and six coffins from the funds provided by Members of Parliament Ajay Sancheti, Dr Vikas Mahatme, and Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari from their MPLAD funds. They have provided Rs 2 crore for purchase of these vehicles and coffins.

NMC drops proposal to construct 24 FoBs

Virendra Kukreja, Chairman of Standing Committee, told the reporters that the local body had dropped the proposal to construct 24 foot over bridges (FoBs) in the city. The civic body could not construct FoBs due to on-going construction work of Nagpur Metro Rail.

The Project Engineer had proposed construction of these FoBs for pedestrians in NMC’s budget for the financial year 2010-11. These FoBs were proposed at Medical Square, Rajiv Gandhi Square, Chhattrapati Square bus stand, Midas Height, Sai Mandir Wardha Road, Khamla, Akashwani, Agrasen Square, City Bus Stand, Ajni Railway Station, LIC Square, Mohini Complex, Chitnavis Park, G S College, Shankar Nagar Square, Mor Bhavan bus stand, RBI Square, SFS School, Indora Square, and Anand Bhandar Katol Road.

However, the sites of maximum FoBs got affected due to on-going construction work of Metro Rail project.
Therefore, Public Works Department suggested NMC to scrap the proposal.
Accordingly, Standing Committee gave its nod to scrapping of the proposal for construction of 24 FoBs.