The proposed solid waste treatment plant of the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC) has faced another stumbling block.
Villagers of Mohuda area have started to protest against establishment of this waste treatment plant near their village. According to them, if this solid waste treatment plant was established near Mohuda pollution caused by it may affect a population of around 30,000 people as well as around 10,000 domestic animals of the area.
They also sent a memorandum to the administration in this regard. Sarpanch of Mohuda panchayat Sadhana Mohanty and some educational institutes of the area also expressed concern over this proposed waste management project of the BMC.
Earlier, this solid waste treatment plant was proposed to be established at Chandania hill on the outskirts of the city. Twenty acres of land had also been earmarked for the purpose.
As per Berhampur Municipal Corporation sources, a boundary wall had been built up around the land patch at a cost of over 50 lakh rupees.
But it was found that the land at Chandania hill was forest land and unless it was transferred to revenue department and consequently to the Berhampur Municipal Corporation, the waste treatment plant cannot b established on the land.
So, an alternative site was searched for the proposed solid waste treatment plant on the outskirts of the city. Government land of over 30 acres located near Mohuda village was chosen for the purpose.
But from the very beginning the proposal has received opposition from peasants and villagers of the area.
As per a survey made in 2009, Berhampur was producing over 150 tons of solid waste every day.
In three years it must have increased, say Berhampur Municipal Corporation authorities. Nature of solid waste also changes every day as per change in lifestyle of inhabitants.
In February a survey was conducted in the city to assess the nature of solid waste generated in the area.
International Financial Corporation (IFC), is providing technological and tactical support for the solid waste management project to established by the Berhampur Municipal Corporation.