Mini-mountains of accumulated untreated urban waste are common sights in most big and medium cities and towns in the country. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) and the Smarts Cities Mission (SCM) programmes are launched to turn things around by driving growth to improve the quality of life through area-based development and city-level smart solutions. In developing Three-Year Action Agenda (2017-18 to 2019-20), the NITI Aayog has drawn a broader framework for addressing the issue of municipal solid waste (MSW).
As many as 377 million inhabitants (Census 2011) residing in 7,935 urban centers generate 170,000 tonnes of solid waste per day. Left unresolved, the nature and magnitude of urban waste will be insurmountable by 2030 when the cities will burst at its seams with 590 million inhabitants.
The solution is twin-fold: waste-to-energy incinerators for bigger municipalities and composting method of waste disposal for small towns and semi-urban areas. It further suggests a new Waste to Energy Corporation of India (WECI), akin to the National Highway Authority Of India (NHAI), ‘to speed up the process of cleaning up municipal solid waste’ by developing public-private partnerships to build the plants.
The corporation can play a key role in fast-tracking waste to energy incineration plants across 100 smart cities by 2019. The Sub-Group of Chief Ministers on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has already recommended setting up of such plants in its Aug 2015 report. Read More…