After 4-yr delay, VMC to close solid waste dumping site in Vadsar

After delay of around four years, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) finally floated tenders on Friday for the project of scientifically closing its solid waste dumping site in Vadsar on southern outskirts of the city.

The civic body issued a tender notice in local newspapers here inviting proposal for design and construction of a cover system for the dump site near Kalali. The bids would be opened on March 17, the notice further said.

"We shall provide bidders the basic design of closing the site. It includes a vegetation cover and side walls besides a mechanism to detect any leak of chemicals in ground water and a system to monitor emissions of any gas," Kashyap Shah, environmental engineer with Solid Waste Department of VMC told The Indian Express.

The site is spread over 12,145 square metres right along the western bank of river Vishwamitri. According to available records, the civic body dumped untreated municipal solid waste at the site for more than two decades beginning from 1991.

VMC closed this site in April last year after its treatment stabilisation plant to detoxify solid waste became fully operational near Jambua village. The plant has the capacity to process 500 metric tonne (MT) of waste per day and a 2.5 hectare land-fill site to dump the material left after under going the process. Besides, the civic body's plant in Atladara, which turns solid waste into manure, has the capacity to handle 250 MT waste every day.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest had issued Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules in year 2000 restricting urban local bodies from dumping untreated municipal solid waste in the open.

Consequently, VMC built the Jambua plant under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and commissioned it in 2010. The civic body had also prepared a Detailed Project Report for closing the Vadsar site in 2002 pegging the estimate of the project at Rs 2.03 crore.

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