Municipal Administration and Urban Development Secretary Vijay Kumar has agreed in principle to the proposals of a Swedish delegation on long-term cooperation in the area of waste-to-energy with the Greater Visakha Municipal Corporation.

The delegation was in Hyderabad on Wednesday after three days of discussions with GVMC officials here.

Speaking to members of the Swedish delegation, Mr. Vijay Kumar requested the team to come up with concrete proposals for setting up waste-to-energy projects in the city and take up the challenge of holistic waste management. The government was prepared to extend all necessary cooperation for the proposed partnership with GVMC, and a tripartite agreement can be entered into with the State government, GVMC, and Sweden, if necessary, he said.

Official's plea

He further requested Ludvig Lindstrom of Swedish Energy Agency and Mikael Kullman, Counsellor, Environment/Energy, Embassy of Sweden, to facilitate a site visit in Sweden, for the government officials concerned and those of the GVMC to understand the viability and impact of waste-to-energy technologies there.

Municipal Commissioner V.N. Vishnu explained the scope of the present collaboration with Sweden, which is the outcome of the earlier study done by SIPU International on the city's potential for sustainable growth, supported by the Swedish International Development Agency in 2009 – 2010.

This will also be a critical reference material for the revision of City Development Plan for GVMC, which has been considered one of the important areas in the three-day working group discussions held in Visakhapatnam from May 9. Mr. Vishnu requested the representatives of Sweden to prepare a document on the proposed collaboration so that necessary approvals from the government could be obtained and passed on at the earliest in order to commence the process. Mr. Lindstrom informed that the next visit to Visakhapatnam to continue the process by the Swedish Energy Agency was proposed early in September. The members of the Swedish delegation Tina Karlberg, Arati Davis, Eric Ronnols, Micael Hagman, and Ingemar Holstrom, GVMC Additional Commissioner (Finance) P. Poonachandra Rao, and HRD consultant Rajendra Krishna were present at the discussions.

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