To make sure that 60-70 metric tonnes of garbage generated daily is utilized for generating electricity, Shimla municipal corporation will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with a company from Germany, which would make provisions to produce electricity from municipal solid waste in coming four months.
NGT showcasing concern on improper dumping of garbage reprimanded the state government and the municipal corporation over the fact that municipal solid waste was thrown down the hill near the plant itself.
“Needless to notice that there is a complete failure of the functioning of public bodies, including all relevant departments of the state government, and it is an open threat to public health and more seriously to the environment of these areas,” NGT had added.
According to the sources, the MC will provide solid waste to the German company which would sell it to the government. For 20 years the plant would be run by the company and later handed over to the government.
Shimla Mayor Sanjay Chauhan said that 60 metric ton of garbage would be utilized for generating electricity and with the functioning of the plant at Bharyal the problem of disposal will soon be over. He told that the civic body pays Rs 250 per ton as tipping fee presently while around Rs 1.5 lakh is spent on a daily basis for transportation of garbage from Shimla to Chandigarh.”With the functioning of the plant in Shimla, we would save all this money,” he added.
Earlier around 30% inert use to return to the MC when the processing was done in Shimla but now in the new plant only 5% would return. This attempt would not only ensure proper disposal of waste but also save the economy from further degradation.