HC panel suggests biomining Mandur landfill

HC panel suggests biomining Mandur landfill

The expert committee on Mandur landfill appointed by the High Court of Karnataka has suggested screening the garbage dumping yard for recovering useful materials such as organic matter and plastic bottles. The Palike submitted the report to the Court on Friday.

According to the report, the garbage dump at Mandur landfill comprises 30 per cent silt, 15 per cent plastic and the rest is organic matter. 

Around 20 per cent of ‘original material’ at the landfill, which cannot be reclaimed, has to be scientifically disposed. The committee has said that segregating garbage is the ideal thing to do under the present circumstances and the work has to be handed over to a company which has the expertise in the carrying out the task.  

Conditions specified

With Rs 381 per tonne on a volumetric rate which works out to Rs 544 per cubic meter, the work can be entrusted to a company which does not lease or sub-contract the work, the report says. The committee is strongly against entrusting the job of biomining to any company that has earlier worked with the BBMP and failed to fulfill its contractual obligations. The company should transport the recyclable materials to its own yard for marketing and to a designated landfill location at its own cost. The committee has recommended SECON, a consultancy firm, to conduct a survey and to act as third-party certifiers for the bills. The panel has recommended to reinject the leachate collected back into the dump using a simple pump and carry out the recovery work on a war footing.  A general report of the expert committee suggesting scientific disposal of garbage of the City was also submitted only to the bench.  

The expert committee included BBMP officials and representatives of non-government organisations.

A division bench comprising Justices N Kumar and B V Nagarathna adjourned the next hearing to June 18. 

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