MCD gears up for legacy waste disposal in Sheeshambada

Friday, 23 February 2024 | PNS | DEHRADUN

The Municipal Corporation of Dehradun (MCD) will send a detailed project report (DPR) to the State government for the disposal of legacy waste accumulated in the solid waste management and recycling plant in Sheeshambada. The project report will be based on the report of the team of scientists from IIT Roorkee who visited the site in December and January to take samples of the waste. There are at least five lakh metric tonnes of refused derived fuel accumulated in the waste management plant which has remained unprocessed in the past six years allegedly due to the failure of Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited (REEL) to dispose of it on time, as per MCD officials.

The plant was established with the capacity to process the RDF and garbage for 15 years but it occupied most of the space in the plant with huge heaps of RDF and unprocessed garbage in the first four years due to REEL’s failure to dispose of them on time. The REEL allegedly made poor quality RDF due to which, cement factories refused to buy them which was the main reason for its accumulation in the plant, as per senior MCD officials. The Dehradun municipal commissioner Gaurav Kumar said that the team of scientists from IIT Roorkee presented their report to MCD which has helped the corporation to understand the quantification and characterisation of legacy waste in Sheeshambada. “On the basis of this report, we will soon send a DPR to the government to take appropriate action for the legacy waste disposal via biomining. After MCD gets the nod on this project, we will start the process of biomining at the site. It will take 12 to 18 months to dispose of Sheeshambada’s legacy waste once the work begins,” the commissioner said.

He also informed that MCD will soon start the tender process to commence biomining on the old trenching ground on Sahastradhara Road to treat about 10 lakh metric tonnes of garbage. This team of scientists had also visited this site to check samples. The work is expected in the next few months, Kumar added.

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