Mangaluru

₹12.56 cr. proposal for SWM plant upgrade cleared

The project has proposed opening a ‘material recovery facility’ or dry waste collection centres at four places

Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) can now upgrade its solid waste management (SWM) plant at Pachchanady as the State government has given administrative approval to a ₹12.56 crore project for SWM under the Swachh Bharat Mission.

The government has also approved the detailed project report (DPR) prepared in this connection, according to sources in the corporation.

Sanitary napkins

In addition to upgrading the plant at Pachchanady, the project has proposed installing incinerators to burn sanitary napkins at eight public toilets in the city. The napkins collected by SWM workers from doorsteps will be burnt. Sanitary napkin users can also voluntarily use the incinerators.

The project has proposed to open a ‘material recovery facility’ or dry waste collection centres at four places in the city. Dry waste which can be recycled will be collected at these centres.

“About 80% of the funds under the project will go towards plant upgrading,” Madhu S. Manohar, Environment Engineer at the corporation, told The Hindu.

Pre-sorting machines

The Unique Waste Processing Company Ltd. which is operating and maintaining the plant has installed its one pre-sorting machine at Pachchanady now. The project has proposed to install two such machines from the corporation after returning the one installed by the company.

Now, Pachchanady receives between 350 and 400 tonnes of garbage per day. A pre-sorting machine can handle only 200 to 225 tonnes of garbage a day. With two machines all the garbage can be pre-sorted out on the same day, Mr. Manohar said.

He said the project has also proposed to have two manual segregation units and installing two hydraulic machines to press wet waste for extracting leachate which will be in turn treated at a 50,000 litre-capacity leachate treatment plant.

The plant upgrade also covers installation of six trommels (rotating cylindrical sieves). They will sieve the final compost made from the garbage.

Now, the corporation has to invite bids to take up the project.

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