Civic authorities uncertain about exact amount of waste generated in city

Dec 19, 2017

Mysuru: Nearly a decade ago, the amount of garbagegenerated in the city was pegged at 400 tonnes every day. However, although the population of the city has increased over the years with more residential layouts coming under the purview of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), the civic agency claims that the waste generated by the city is still 402 tonnes, a figure that has been arrived at without weighing the trash at the dumpyard.
MCC commissioner G Jagadeesha admitted that the total waste generated was 402 tonnes at a meeting with Mysuru MP Pratap Simha recently. On the other hand, the untreated waste dumped in the past two decades is estimated to be around seven lakh tonnes.

However, a reality check by TOI revealed that the garbage unloaded at the dumpyard (not the landfill site as has been claimed) is not weighed. Only garbagethat is transported to the Vidyaranyapuram Sewage farm, which can process 200 tonnes of waste, is weighed at the entrance. However, even this plant is not working to its optimal capacity. Sources at the solid waste management (SWM) plant confirmed that only 150 to 160 tonnes of waste was processed at the plant on a daily basis, owing to its outdated equipment, installed in 1998. Of the 12.9 acres that the sewage farm is spread across, seven acres is used for storing waste, further depleting its processing capacity.

Although its contract ended nearly two years ago, the plant continues to be managed by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS), after the MCC commissioner wrote to them. The delay in renewing the contract has added to the woes of waste management.

 One of the workers at the sewage farm admitted that not all consignments of waste brought to the plant were measured. “There are two entrances to the yard. Most of the trucks enter the plant from the east gate, which faced National Highway-766, and not from the west gate, from Vidyaranyapuram,” he said. Although only MCC vehicles are permitted inside the premises, the amount of waste piled up at the site appears to be disproportionate with the number of trucks that the civic agency has. “Around 50 to 70 trucks or tractors leaden with unsegregated garbage enter the yard while two earth moving vehicle lift wastes and pile them up into heaps at the yard,” the worker said.

Moreover, only two of the nine zero waste management plants, the others developed under the JNNURM scheme, are not fully utilised.

A worker from IL&FS at the sewage farm said, “The amount of waste that we are receiving is in excess of the 200 tonnes that the plant can process. We are working with outdated machines, the amount of space we have is less, and we are on a contract.”

The plant was set up in 2001 using a loan from ADB, and was maintained by a firm called Excel Plant, while MCC too managed it for a brief period.