Earlier this week, at a special meeting held by the Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) had accepted the proposal made by Gurgaon-based company Observing-I Ecotech LLP for taking up operations to dispose the town’s garbage in a proper manner.
The cost of setting up the plant and running it will be borne by the company, while the MMC has to only provide the required land for it. For their services, the MMC will have to furnish Rs. 5 lakhs per month, which includes the cost of
electricity and water that the plant requires for treating the garbage. The Council presently spends Rs. 5.5 lakhs to treat the town’s garbage, by engaging 50 daily labourers to segregate the garbage at the Assagao site.
The required land, which is around 4000-5000sq m for the setting up of the plant, will be allotted from the very same site presently used to store and segregate Mapusa’s waste in Assagao’s Housing Board area.
By adopting to use the Energy Recovery Technology (ERT), the plant does not need the waste to be segregated. It is processed through their machinery filtering out the pollutants and converting into by-products, which can be sold in the industrial markets.
In their pitch, they informed that besides being completely organic and saving the trouble of having to segregate the garbage, it is also a revenue generating source for the MMC.
Chronicler connected with the Co-founder of Observing-I Ecotech LLP, Charmaine Fernandes Sharma over email to find out more on the garbage plant. Explaining how the company will recover the capital cost and earn a profit, she revealed that by selling the by-products that may come from the plant, a considerable income can be generated.
In the email, she informed that the company will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Council, which will allow them to run the plant for 10 years, in which time the capital cost will be recovered and the company will get its return on investment (ROI).
“The ROI will take 8-10 years, so the MOU with MMC will allow us to run the Plant for 10 years, after which they may renew the running contract or acquire the Plant at the depreciated value,” she wrote. – Chronicler
Things seem to be positive and only the draft of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) needs to be presented to the council, before the final approval.
MMC Chairman, Sandip Falari had said on the matter that after accepting this proposal Mapusa’s garbage problems would be solved, and the previous occasions, wherein the court or pollution board pulling them up, would no longer be a worry.