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Construction debris recycling plant project in Hubballi-Dharwad in limbo for two years
ET Realty  |  January 22, 2019

TNN Hubballi

The process of setting up a debris and waste construction material recycling plant is in limbo as the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) is yet to issue a work order for the agency to take up civil works.

 

The corporation first mooted the idea of setting up the plant in 2016 but the project is yet to take off.

 

HDMC had planned to set up the plant at the dumping yard at Shivalli village, a few kilometres from the twin cities. It had announced that the work would be completed in 10 months but the plant has remained only on paper.

 

It was believed that the project would put an end to debris problem plaguing the twin cities.

 

In the recent few years, construction of new commercial complexes, malls and renovation of old buildings has been going on at full swing in the twin cities.

 

On the flip side, a huge amount of construction debris is being generated daily and builders dump it on the roadside or in open plots. It not only destroys the beauty of the city but also creates a lot of health problems.

 

HDMC decided to tackle this menace by establishing a recycling plant for construction debris. It had claimed that the plant was the first of its kind in the state.

 

Senior HDMC officials said the project has been in cold storage due to the previous HDMC commissioner not showing interest in the project.

 

Officials say the Rs 5.87 crore project was prepared when Shakeel Ahmed was the joint commissioner of HDMC. He has become the HDMC commissioner but the project has remained only on paper, they add.

 

Ahmed said the plant would be set up at the earliest. Blaming previous commissioners for not taking the project forward, he said HDMC was committed to build the plant.

 

“The project could generate additional revenue as the plant can produce hollow bricks, ready-mix concrete, cement tiles and manufactured sand. The mines and geology department has come forward to fund the project and has already released Rs 2.2 crore. The total cost of the project is Rs 5.87 crore,” Ahmed said.

 

However, it is mandatory for cities having a population of more than 10 lakh to set up such a recycling plant and the Union ministry of urban development already issued a directive to all states to act upon it. Thereafter, the state government has asked all corporations to comply with the directive, he said.

 

According to HDMC environment engineers, the twin cities generate around 50 to 75 tonnes of construction debris every day and the proposed plant can address the problems posed by the debris.