Ramky, the firm which bagged the contract for developing an Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Development Project, has been given permission for ‘developing' the Jawaharnagar garbage dump yard.

The firm has to build a garbage processing plant, compost plant besides a sanitary landfill at the site even while the dumping continues in the yard by GHMC. Ramky has also been asked to take up modernisation of the three transfer stations at Lower Tank Bund, Imlibun and Yousufguda, disclosed Additional Commissioner (Health & Sanitation) S. Aleem Basha.

Although the entire integrated project involves the firm to get involved in primary garbage collection from the households, secondary transfer of garbage from the transfer stations to the dump yard and the tertiary part of processing the municipal solid waste there, GHMC has decided to allow the tertiary part first. This follows a recommendation by the Environment Protection, Training and Research Institute (EPTRI).

In stages

Mr. Basha said the project will be taken up in stages and initially the garbage collection and transport part will be allowed in the East and West Zones upon for a few months. Only after a review of the work will the project is spread to rest of the city in phases.

In the meantime, GHMC has also realised that the garbage generated and collected each day is a mammoth 4,500 tonnes and not 3,800 as being thought of. Close monitoring of the garbage weighed from the 286 vehicles coming to Jawaharnagar gave the true picture, he said. Physical analysis of the garbage has shown that it comprises of organic waste of 48.22 per cent, paper and cardboard 7.26 per cent, plastics 8.61 per cent, metals 0.52 per cent, glass and ceramics 1.66 per cent, rags and cloth 5.7 per cent, rubber and synthetics 1.82 per cent, leather 1.29 per cent, garden waste 2.97 per cent, stones 0.8 per cent, bio-medical 0.57 per cent, sand, silt and earth - 11.62, coconut shells - 0.09 per cent and others (rejects) 8.87 per cent.

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