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GVMC plans on solid waste management get stuck Visakhapatnam: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) plans on solid waste...

GVMC plans on solid waste management get stuck

Visakhapatnam: The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) plans on solid waste management faced a roadblock with the AP Pollution Control Board (APPBC) refusing to accord permission for landfill.

A senior official of the board told this correspondent that permission could not be given since the area was surrounded by human habitat and could pollute ground water, which would be used by the residents of JNNURM dwellings. Around 800 tonnes of waste was being generated per day in the city, which contains around 45 per cent of domestic and 13 per cent of commercial waste, according to Public Health officials of GVMC.

The Corporation is now spending Rs 20 crore per annum on waste management and the proposed project would save around 60 per cent of expenditure. Currently the Corporation is dumping the entire waste at the Kapulauppada dumping yard without scientific processing.

The local body has to obtain authorisation from the AP Pollution Control Board for setting up waste processing and disposal facility, including landfills. The Supreme Court had directed the urban local bodies way back in 2000 to improve solid waste management and the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation recently made arrangements for disposing the solid wastes in a scientific way.

GVMC chief medical officer told this correspondent that they have been planning to set up transit system for processing the wastes at all zones, which would improve sanitation and also prevent unnecessary health complications. "A time will come when there will be no waste left for dumping in Kapuluppada," he said.

But, on the other hand, the Corporation has been appealing to the district administration for allocating a new site for dumping the city waste at Tarluvada and Krishnapuram for scientific disposal of the waste.A Sources said the Collector had refused to alienate Krishnapuram as it lay in catchment area.

The Corporation has plans to set up biomethanation plant with Rs 104 crore. It is the process in which the organic matter is converted into biogas.

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