MCC to get U.N. funding for waste management projects
August 26, 2019
The projects will be implemented under the UNIDO’s Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot in India (SCIAP).
A team of senior officials from UNIDO was in the city last week and sought information about the various projects to be implemented by the MCC and has given its approval for project funding. Under the SCIAP, the MCC will remodel the existing compost plant at Vidyaranyapuram, install a waste-to-energy plant with a capacity of 300 tonnes per day at Rayanakere, and a small-scale bio-gas plant for disposing the market waste.
D.G. Nagaraju, Health Officer, MCC, said the UNIDO team had sought information on various projects of the MCC which are in line with the objectives of SCIAP to reduce green house gas emission.
A presentation was made on the proposed projects following which the UNIDO team from Austria issued its approval to release ₹10 crore for project implementation. Mysuru is among the five cities selected for the project implementation, apart from Jaipur, Bhopal, Vijayawada, and Guntur. The five cities were selected based on the criteria linked to levels of urban development, city service delivery challenges, size and geographic spread etc. This is part of the UNIDO’s global project to fund 38 cities in different countries to reduce greenhouse gas emission.
Dr. Nagaraju said the machinery for handling the wastes will be procured by the UNIDO based on the MCC’s specification and the project could get started within a month or two.
The existing machinery at sewage farm in Vidyaranyapuram was procured more than 20 years ago with funding from the Asian Development Bank.
Mysuru generates nearly 450 tonnes of waste daily of which 200 tonnes are converted to manure at the sewage farm in Vidyaranyapuram. If left untreated, the legacy waste accumulated over the last two decades will generate methane gas. To curb it the plant will be established at a cost of Rs. 103 crore.
“The MCC has in place plans and machinery to handle about 450 tons of waste daily while the legacy waste will be cleared over the next 12 months for which the tendering process has been completed,” said Dr. Nagaraju. There is a legacy waste of nearly 2 lakh tonnes accumulated in the city and once removed, Mysuru will be among the very few cities in the country to have a roboust waste management system in place.
MCC officials say the existing projects are also in tune with the Swachh Bharat Mission and would help Mysuru shore up its overall health and cleanliness index.
Source : The Hindu