New Delhi: The central government has approved a Rs 300 crore plan for "visible improvement" in solid waste management in the national capital in the face of the serious garbage crisis plaguing it, new Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday
He said that under this plan, north, south and east municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs) would spend Rs 100 crore each for procuring machines for collection, transport and storage of solid waste.
"All vehicles and mechanical equipment would be procured and commissioned by the end of December this year," Puri said at a conference on "Public Affairs: Effective Advocacy and Public Policy Strategies" here organised by the Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI).
Apart from that, the corporations would also procure decentralised treatment plants and special machines for the upkeep of drains and sewers.
He added after being procured, accelerated composters and bio-methanation plants would add a waste treatment capacity of 670 metric tonnes per day of bio-degradable waste besides preventing the release of foul gases, smell and proliferation of germs, pathogens, and pests.
Delhi currently treats 5,100 metric tonnes of solid waste every day, out of which only 200 metric tonnes is treated through composting while the rest 4,900 is treated through incineration.
The ministry would provide an assistance of Rs 80 crore to each MCDs from the Urban Development Fund operated by Delhi Development Authority to procure a total of 549 units of modern equipment, a statement said.
As per the plan, 50 battery-operated litter pickers would be procured for market area in each MCD apart from a total of 272 auto-mounted litter pickers, one each for every ward.
Apart from that, 20 accelerated composters of one-ton per day capacity and 10 bio-methanation plants of five-ton per day capacity would also be procured.
Other equipment and machines to be procured include compacters, underground bins, mechanical road sweepers, and super sucker re-cycler machines for drains and sewers, said the Minister.
"This should bring some relief in the national capital," Puri said.
He said sanitation was one of the main priorities of the government and he took up the garbage issue in the national capital on his very second day in office.
The issue came to limelight on September 1 after two persons died when a huge portion of a landfill in east Delhi's Ghazipur collapsed.
About 14,000 metric tonnes of solid waste is generated in Delhi every day. While 5,100 metric tons out of this is treated, the rest is dumped on four large dumping sites including Ghazipur which presently holds 130 lakh metric tonnes of solid waste.