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Kolkata Municipal Corporation finds alternative to Dhapa

Comments Off on Kolkata Municipal Corporation finds alternative to Dhapa   |   February 21, 2014    09:42am   |Contributed by manoja

KOLKATA: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has finally found a plot for setting up its second solid waste disposal ground. The civic body will use an area covering about 20 acres at Rajarhat New Town to develop a ‘waste-to-energy’ converting system that will be

an alternative site to the existing Dhapa ground which has become overburdened. The KMC will soon sign an MoU with the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) for this project.

“We will sign a MOU with the KMC authorities.

The KMC will develop the project on Action Area III. It will be a compact solid waste disposal ground from where energy generation will be done. The solid waste of New Town will also be disposed of at the site,” said Hidco chairman-cum-managing director Debashis Sen.

Officials said that the move of converting waste into energy will not only help the Hidco authorities to dispose of its huge waste accumulated daily at New Town, but it will also help them in making the township energy efficient and converting it into a solar city.

The solid waste from Salt Lake and Rajarhat is usually dumped at the Mollar Bheri, while the KMC’s solid waste is dumped at Dhapa. Both the dumping places have turned overburdened and a committee was also formed earlier by the government to find out an alternative site. The KMC and Hidco officials also started a search on their own.

In the master plan of New Town, a mouza called Beonta that’s located near Basanti Road was earmarked as a solid waste disposal area. However, the idea was later scrapped when the area was brought under the jurisdiction of the East Kolkata wetlands where no such waste dumping ground or construction is allowed. The authorities had earlier also explored whether any land on the canal side could be used for this purpose.

About three years back, KMC had started searching for suitable land for having an alternative dumping ground. The authorities started negotiations with farmers of various areas and also they started searching for land near Joka and Mahestala. However, the authorities did not find proper plot that can be an alternative to Dhapa. The civic body then started its search in the adjacent areas of Rajarhat.

KMC had earlier lost opportunity to pump in funds from The Asian Development Bank (ADB) for modernisation of solid waste management. Besides, under the Centre’s JNNURM scheme, a Rs 100 crore project proposal has been recently placed by KMC for modernisation of disposal of waste. However, the KMC had been asked to clarify as to what they had done to substitute the Dhapa ground.

Likewise, with the Mollar bheri ground getting exaustive, Hidco authorities had been searching for an alternative site, as Rajarhat New Town is expanding and will generate a huge amount of solid waste in the near future.


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