Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, May 29:
The Housing and Urban Development department of the Odisha government today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Essel Bhubaneswar MSW Ltd for treatment and disposal of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated from the twin cities of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, which together generate approximately 550 tons of MSW daily.
Essel Bhubaneswar MSW Ltd, a consortium of M/s Essel Infraprojects Limited and M/s Rochem Separation Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd, will prepare the Detailed Project Report (DPR), obtain approval from all statutory authorities and achieve financial closure within six months. The project shall be implemented in Design Build Operate & Transfer (DBOT) format.
It is to be noted that the department had proposed to develop a Regional MSW Processing and Landfill Facility through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode over an area of approximately 61.485 acres at Bhuasuni for treating and disposing the MSW collected from these two cities.
BMC had invited the bids and IDCO was the transaction advisor for the project while the company was selected from the bidding process.
Within two years, the company will develop the MSW processing facility of 600 TPD capacity at Bhuasuni and transfer stations at Gadakana and Ghatikia in Bhubaneswar and Satichaura at Cuttack, procure ail equipment and vehicles for transfer of waste from transfer stations to Bhuasuni, said a release of H&UD department.
Lending facility from OUIDF shall also be made available to the Concessionaire for this project. An independent engineer shall be appointed by BMC and CMC for overseeing the project activities throughout the concession period. BMC and CMC shall be required to supply minimum assured MSW to the Concessionaire at the respective transfer stations and pay requisite tipping fees to the Concessionaire.
The company has proposed to adopt innovative and proven waste processing technologies (combination of waste to energy and composting) that are environment friendly and aims to contribute in developing a pollution-free environment. The project once in to operations will process the waste received from Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and dispose of the remnant materials in a scientific manner