If things go according to plan, Mysuru city will soon have a modernised compost plant along with two new treatment plants if the central government sanctions the required finance as requested by Mysuru City Corporation (MCC). According to Mayor B L Bhyrappa, the MCC has requested the Joint Secretary of Swachch Bharat Mission to provide financial support for upgrading the scientific processing of solid waste in the city.According to a recent survey, Mysuru, which has a population of around 10.6 lakh and around 2.09 lakh households, generates about 406 TPD of waste across the city. To process waste in city, in the year 2000-2001 municipal solid waste processing facility was set up with financial assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the waste was being processed scientifically and the integrated facility of scientific landfill was functional at the Vidyaranyapuram compost plant. However, the existing treatment facility is not adequate. Therefore, the MCC is planning to modernise the existing treatment facility along with a proposal to set up two more treatment facilities at Kesare and Rayankere.
In order to modernise the existing treatment facility of Vidyaranyapuram compost plant, an estimate of Rs 13.12 crore has been sent to the Swachch Bharat Mission that includes upgrading the septic tank, installation of gravel filter, ground water tank, concrete platform, roofing, electrical estimates and others. In addition to this, to avoid accumulation of solid waste at the existing compost plant, MCC has proposed to set up two new plants at Kesare at a cost of Rs 18.20 crore for treating 200 TPD and at Rayanakere for treating 150 TPD.Speaking to ‘City Today, Bhyrappa said, “We are sending a proposal to the Joint Secretary of Swacch Bharat Mission and have requested for a financial assistance of Rs 47 crore for upgradation of Vidyaranyapuram plant and to open two new treatment plants at Kesare and Rayankere. These facilities would help in treating the solid waste of the city in a better manner in order to prevent open dumping, burning, burying of waste and also to recover valuable resources like compost fertilisers, biogas and green power. The state-level Technical Committee of Government of Karnataka has cleared the proposal for modernising the existing unit and also establishment of two new facilities.”
He added, “A team from Germany and Holland had recently visited city and had appreciated the way the waste is treated. Since Mysuru has bagged the ‘cleanest city’ tag for two consecutive years, we are hopeful that our proposal would be sanctioned.”.If the proposal gets green signal and the funds are released, it would help in making Mysuru one of the ‘model cities’ in the country, thus showcasing the solid waste collection, transportation, scientific treatment and recycling of inerts to recover resources and to maintain clean and healthy environment.