Public hearing on Bhuasuni waste-to-energy plant on June 6

Bhubaneswar: Public hearing for setting up of a waste-to-energy plant at Bhuasuni on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar will be carried out on June 6, informed Chief Secretary AP Padhi here today.

Talking to media after a meeting at the Secretariat, Padhi stated, “As per the directive of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Calcutta bench, required police security will be provided to the waste treatment plant to be set up by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC).”

BMC Commissioner Krishan Kumar, who was also present in the meeting, stated setting up the waste-to-energy plant is essential for a city as per the norms under the Waste Management Rule 2016.

Among others, Home Secretary, DGP, Police Commissioner and Khurda Collector also attended the meeting.

It is worth mentioning that residents of Daruthenga have been opposing the dumping of waste near their village at a dump yard of BMC following which the State government relocated the dumping yard to Tulsadeipur.

However, the government has been firm on its decision to set up the waste treatment plant at Bhuasuni.

The NGT Calcutta bench had ordered the BMC to file an affidavit on the status of solid waste disposal and the proposed waste management plant after a petition was moved by a group of Daruthenga villagers.