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Landfill for municipal solid wastes built at Anantapur

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HYDERABAD, Feb. 2

A LANDFILL to safely dump municipal solid wastes with an investment of Rs 6 crore is being constructed in Anantapur under the `Eco-City' project.

The demonstration plant would be constructed through the build-operate-own (BOO) scheme and public-private partnership.

The integrated waste management project is at the tendering stage and expected to be completed by the end of the year, according to Mr S. Srinivasa Rao, Managing Director of APITCO Ltd. Similar project has also been sanctioned for Tirupati, but the implementation would take some time. The Anantapur plant is expected to manage 125 tonnes per day.

Waste management, especially solid municipal waste (MSW) has emerged as a major problem, and not much is being done in the State, agreed Mr T. Chatterjee, Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department.

He said the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) had issues notices three times to the 117 municipalities in the State to set up landfills to take care of solid wastes. About 40 of them have replied.

The enormity of the task can be gauged by the fact that a rough investment of Rs 650 crore was required to set up landfills in all the municipalities, he said.

For landfills to become viable, an assured collection of around 1000 tonnes per day (tpd) would be necessary. Currently, the municipalities of Vijayawada, Tirupati, Malkajgiri, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam and Anantapur are geared to organise themselves to make the landfill a possibility and operationalise it, Mr Chatterjee said.

Such a landfill would cost about Rs 16-22 crore. The World Bank has expressed interest in providing capital cost to help in managing the municipal wastes under its social and environment support for poverty reduction programme. For this, the bank has asked for two studies— social and environment management and municipal solid wastes in Andhra Pradesh, he said.

Realising the potential of the issue, a training programme for relevant officials in municipalities, commissioners etc would be trained. Similarly, a two-day national seminar on `Eco-friendly municipal solid waste management' is being organised by APITCO in Hyderabad during February 5-6, he said.

The seminar would bring together urban planners, entrepreneurs, experts in the area who would make presentations. Eight case studies on managing solid wastes from different States in the country have also been slated, Mr Srinivasa Rao said.

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