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Push for steel city garbage mission

Ranchi, Oct. 3: A Rs 33 crore solid waste management system for Jamshedpur received a much-needed fillip today with the release of a substantial chunk of funds, holding out the promise that the steel city could begin work on a scientific approach to garbage disposal by December.

The state urban development department released Rs 8.06 crore for Greater Ranchi Development Agency (GRDA), a state-level nodal agency that is implementing projects under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) in Ranchi, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur.

While waste management services were launched in Dhanbad yesterday and have been in operation in Ranchi since April 2011, an agreement was signed with Gurgaon-based SPML in August and a special purpose vehicle — Jamshedpur Waste Processing Private Limited — floated for steering the project in the steel city.

Work, however, is yet to start.

“We received a bank draft of Rs 8.06 crore today for the Jamshedpur solid waste management project. While Rs 4.03 crore is the Centre’s share, an equal amount has been pitched in by the state. The money would be handed over to Jamshedpur Urban Agglomeration (JUA) soon,” said a GRDA official.

State urban development department secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni said he had directed authorities in Jamshedpur to ensure that work on the project started soon.

“Earlier, we thought of starting from October 2 but there appears to be a delay,” he said.

According to JUA nodal officer R.N. Dwivedy, SMPL had been given four months’ time to arrange logistics and begin work on the solid waste management project.

“This means, SPML will have to start the work by December. We will release funds to SPML only after it starts the project,” he said.

The Jamshedpur project, categorised as “non-starter’ by the Centre for lack of progress, will be operational in Jugsalai Municipality and three notified area committees of Jamshedpur, Adityapur and Mango — all part of JUA.

It will also cover eight village panchayats in the fringes namely, Parsudih, Ghorabandha, Chhota Govindpur, Gadra, Haludbani, Sarjamda, Kitadih and Bagbera.

The East Singhbhum district administration has already earmarked a 60-acre plot at Khairbani near Govindpur to set up a solid waste management processing plant.