MAHUD

IMPHAL | Feb 6

Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today handed over 26 numbers of Tata Ace Hopper Tipper and 5 numbers of Tata LPK 912 to the elected members of the seven Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) at the MGT Tata Motors, Tiddim Road. The vehicles will be used for collecting waste at the seven ULBs of Thoubal, Lilong Thoubal, Andro, Yairipok, Sikhong Sekmai, Wangjing and Heirok which comes under the Cluster B.

North Eastern Council (NEC) has released Rs 4.12 crore as the first installment which is 40 percent of the total central share of Rs 11.46 crore for the project under the NLCPR (Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources) scheme. The fund sharing ratio between the centre and the state is 90:10.

Speaking at the event, Shyamkumar said that collective effort of the elected members and public are needed to keep the towns neat and clean at the various urban local bodies. Stating that the elected members need to follow the guidelines and keep the vehicles in good condition, he said healthy competition among the various urban local bodies will certainly improve the quality and bring development in all the towns. The minister further advised the elected members to also focus on the maintenance of the vehicles.

Secretary MAHUD, M. Joy advised the elected members to utilise the vehicles as per the guidelines issued to the various ULBs. He said that the vehicles should be used only for the purpose of solid waste management and the maintenance of the vehicles will be done by the concerned ULBs from their respective funds.

Director MAHUD, Th. Harikumar Singh said that the vehicles distributed today will be used for collecting segregated waste from door to door at the seven ULBs. Informing that 30,000 waste bins will be distributed for the Cluster B, he said that 10 litre capacity 15,000 each separate waste bin of blue and green colours will be distributed to the seven urban local bodies for segregation of waste at the source.

He informed that all the waste collected from the Cluster B will be kept at a secondary collection station, which is under-construction at Thoubal. He said that a compactor machine will then compress the waste that will be later taken to the Solid Waste Management Plant at Lamdeng Khunnou in Imphal West for generating electricity. He said the fund to procure compactor machines will be provided in the second instalment.

He said that 27 urban local bodies in the valley areas have been divided into four clusters A, B, C and D. Cluster A includes urban local bodies in Imphal area, Cluster B – Thoubal region, Cluster C – Bishnupur, Moirang region and Cluster D – Mayai Lambi, Kakching, Sugnu region. Moreh and Jiribam are not included in the clusters due to physical distance and they will have their respective stand-alone mini solid waste management treatment plant, he adde.

Harikumar said that the waste collected from all the clusters will be taken to the Lamdeng Solid Waste Management Plant, which is a Private-Public-Partnership (PPP) model, in compact form to produce electricity which will be bought by the State government. In the first phase which is under trial, 1 MW (Mega Watt) electricity is produced from the waste collected from the cluster A. At present, 120 metric tonne of solid waste is produced daily in the Imphal area, he said.

He said that for the second phase, 200 MT solid wastes will be needed for the production of 2 MW electricity which can be acquired from the Cluster B and for the third phase 300 MT solid wastes is required for the production of 3 MW electricity which can be added from all the clusters. He said that when the solid waste to electricity project becomes fully operational, the plant will be run in two shifts to produce 3MW electricity.

~IFP

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