Work on Galand waste dump site fast-tracked

Ghaziabad: 22 Jan, 2019 (Hindustan Times)

Construction of approach road to site being speeded up as Ghaziabad authority wants to stop dumping at Indirapuram dumping ground; bids for project invited

We plan to construct the 2-lane approach road to the Galand site at the earliest as we wish to stop dumping waste at the Indirapuram site. KANCHAN VERMA, GDA vice-chairperson

GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) is expediting the construction of a 1.5km-long approach road to the proposed waste-to-energy plant in Galand, and has floated bids to hire an agency which will transport solid waste from the Indirapuram landfill to the site.

The construction of the approach road is being speeded up as the authority wants to stop dumping at the Indirapuram landfill, and will start carrying waste to Galand instead.

Officials of the authority said they have got earmarked a fiveacre patch of land in Galand which will be used for dumping solid waste till the Galand plant is ready.

“A team of authority officials visited the Galand site on Monday for measuring the land required for the construction of the approach road. We plan to construct the two-lane road at the earliest as we wish to stop dumping at the Indirapuram site. We have already floated bids for hiring an agency which will transport solid waste to the site in Galand,” Kanchan Verma, authority’s vice chairperson, said.

She said so far, four bidders have come forward. “The four have been asked to give their presentations for the project. The meeting is scheduled on Monday evening and a final decision will be taken soon,” she added.

A waste-to-energy plant has been proposed on 35 acres of land in Galand. The GDA has so far handed over about 19 acres of land to the corporation while the remaining land is in the process of being purchased directly from local farmers. The remaining land for the plant will soon be purchased and registered in the name of the municipal corporation, Verma confirmed.

The UP solid waste monitoring committee had, last week, denied an extension to the Ghaziabad municipal corporation for carrying on dumping activities at the Pratap Vihar landfill site.

The committee had, in December, 2018 set January 15, 2019, as the deadline for dumping solid waste at the Pratap Vihar site.

When corporation vehicles carrying solid waste reached the site on January 16, local residents had stopped them and denied them entry.

Upon complaints by residents, the state committee, on January 18, denied any extension of the deadline to the corporation.

It had also asked the corporation to cover the waste already dumped at the site and remove it within one month.

The site at Indirapuram near Kanawani caters to about 100 metric tonnes of daily solid waste and local residents have moved National Green Tribunal asking that it be shifted.

Where to dump?

35 acres

 A view of the Pratap Vihar landfill. The UP solid waste monitoring committee had, in December, 2018 set January 15, 2019 as the last day for dumping solid waste at the site.

TOTAL LAND FOR WASTE-TO COMPOST PLANT

5 acres

LAND EARMARKED FOR SOLID WASTE FROM INDIRAPURAM

950MT

SOLID WASTE PRODUCED BY GHAZIABAD PER DAY

2,300MT

TOTAL PROCESSING CAPACITY OF GALAND PLANT PER DAY