Going a step further towards the disposal of more than 7.5 lakh metric tons (MT) of legacy waste piled up at the Dadumajra landfill since 2005, the municipal corporation released the finalized Letter of Intent (LoI) to the agency on Thursday. for the project.
MC Commissioner Anindita Mitra said the letter of intent was issued to the agency for the submission of the performance bank guarantee during this week and that the bio-extraction works to remove legacy waste will begin by the first week of September.
She said the agency, Aakanksha Enterprises, assured MC to process the target within 12 to 18 months. “This will not only solve the foul odor problem, but will reduce repeat fires, which will bring huge relief to residents living near the landfill,” she said.
Of the three companies shortlisted for the project, Aakanksha Enterprises had submitted the lowest bid of ₹79.68 crores. After further negotiations, the offer was reduced to ₹68 crore, the estimated cost of the project.
The Dadumajra landfill was one of the central issues in last year’s municipal elections. This was also one of the reasons for Chandigarh’s poor performance in the last two Swachh Survekshan rankings. The site has been blamed for serious health problems in the large population living around it.
A total of 12.5 lakh MT of legacy waste needs to be disposed of at landfill to reclaim over 25 acres of land.
Of these, 5 lakh MT dating back to before 2005 are being bio-mined as part of a Smart City project. Originally scheduled to be completed by May 2021, the project now has an August 2023 deadline, although officials say it should be completed by December 2022.
The ₹The 68 crore project under the Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0 will target the remaining 7.5 lakh MT of legacy waste dumped at the Dadumajra site after 2005.
While Chandigarh’s daily solid waste generation is around 550-600 MT, most of it is dumped at landfill without treatment.