Sunil Kumar conducts the meeting in Jamshedpur on Wednesday. (Bhola Prasad)
The much-awaited solid waste management project in Jamshedpur was set rolling on Wednesday with the signing of a concession agreement between Jamshedpur Urban Agglomeration (JUA) and Gurgaon-based SPML (formerly Subhash Projects and Marketing Limited).
The agreement was signed by JUA nodal officer R.N. Dwivedi and SPML director Deepak Shetty in the presence of East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande, who is also the head of the district unit of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
According to the agreement, SPML will commission the proposed Khairbani-based waste management plant in 10 months.
But before that, SPML will have to do a significant amount of spadework, including survey of the notified and municipal areas concerned, arranging the resources for garbage collection, arranging the landfill site as well as premises for a compost plant.
Dwivedi said the agreement will be effective for 30 years and the actual waste processing will start within 300 days.
“During this period, the progress of the plant installation work will be monitored by special officers of the civic bodies concerned. It is necessary as we want to ensure that waste management plant gets functional in time,” he told The Telegraph.
Dwivedi, who is also the special officer of Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC), pointed out that the waste management plant will process 300 metric tonne waste per day, adding that fertiliser and bricks will be made out of processed waste.
The nodal officer said waste collection will cover Adityapur, Mango, Jugsalai and those areas under JNAC. This apart, eight census villages in the JUA command area will also be covered.
SPML director Deepak Shetty promised that the work would be completed on time.
“There are some administrative works which have to be addressed before we start working at the proposed plant site. But first the company will carry out a survey,” he said.
Speaking about the survey, the SPML director said officials of his company will cover every corner of the city and take note of each drain, garbage-dumping yard and dustbins of the civic bodies concerned.
“Though now we have a tentative processing target of 300 metric tonnes a day, we will have to carry out the survey to get an idea about the volume of waste being generated,” said Shetty.
Others present on the occasion were executive magistrate Sunil Kumar, trainee IAS Rajeswari, special officer of Jugsalai Municipality Sitaram Singh, SPML director Kishore Thakur and the company’s senior manager Bipul Sharma.
Notably, the waste management plan is a Rs 33 crore project which will come up on 35 acres. Of the total land, 31 acres is government land and four acres is raiyati.