PATNA: Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) board has given its nod to Bihar Urban Services Corporation Limited (BUSCL) for the integrated solid waste management of the state capital through special purpose vehicle (SPV).
Constituted by Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation (BUIDCO), the BUSCL will be responsible for the solid waste management in the entire state, said BUIDCO MD Anupam Kumar Suman. The project would cost Rs110.59 crore under the centrally sponsored scheme, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). But the cleanliness work and waste management work would be carried out by the SPV. The BUIDCO MD had made a PowerPoint presentation at the PMC board meeting held recently.
Earlier, the Jindal ITF urban infrastructure limited, MBM Dallah and Urshasar company withdrew their names from the project.
PMC commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pal said, "The work would be executed by the SPV but the civic body members would be in charge of the entire project. This way, the monitoring of the sanitation work would be done properly and there would no passing the buck in this regard."
According to PMC sources, no private agency was interested in taking up the sanitation work of the city. BUIDCO had to take a final call and so the SPV was constituted under the BUSCL."
The project would also envisage development of an integrated solid waste management facility at village Beriya with a capacity to treat 800 to 1,500 tonnes of solid waste daily. For garbage collection, the city would be divided in five zones. It would work under one circle officer and other officers concerned. Each ward would have a sanitation in charge to supervise the work on daily basis. The SPV would have three GPS-enabled dead animal pickup vehicles, 1,240 wheeled bins for residential areas, 186 wheeled bins for commercial areas and 2132 little bins for commercial areas, apart from other equipment.
The SPV is entitled to charge Rs510 against the collection of 10 tonnes of solid garbage from the BUIDCO. The PMC will also slap certain charges on the residents on residential and commercial mapping.
PMC officials claimed that the SPV would start operating, partially, before Dusshera. It would take at least two months for the formation of the company and to make it fully functional. However, the PMC commissioner said the basic garbage collection and sanitation work of the city would not be hampered.