Bhubaneswar, Sep 21: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will complete construction of as many as 32 Micro Composting Centres (MCCs) out of the proposed 43 by end of December this year to ensure proper management of wet waste in the capital city Bhubaneswar. These MCCs will also be commissioned immediately soon after its completion.
At present, 11 MCCs are ready, and one of these at the Temporary Transit Station (TTS), near Sainik School, in the city, has been processing garbage since the last month and churning out organic manure without any sanitation issue.
Among the completed ones, eight MCCs were established in Division – 2, which is South-East and South-West Zones of the city and three in Division – 1, falling under the North Zone of the city.
The eleven completed MCCs include three at NICCO Park for Ward Nos – 28, 29, 35 and 36. Two at Laxmisagar Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP) for Ward Nos – 32, 33, 42 and 43, one at Baragarh crematorium for Ward No – 44 and two at Gopabandhu Nagar for Ward Nos – 47, 48 and 51. One each at Pandara, Prasanti Vihar and TSS near Sainik School.
Construction work was affected due to restrictions on the movement of labourers for COVID-19 induced lockdown and shutdowns since March. “The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down the pace of construction works of MCCs, but we have resumed the work in full-swing. Our target is to complete at least 32 MCCs by end this year,” said BMC’s City Engineer, Debasundar Mohapatra.
Out of the total 43 proposed MCCs, work on 11 sites has not started due to land related disputes and public protest. However, the issue will be resolved soon, and construction work on these MCCs will start shortly. The BMC will set up total 43 MCCs in the city, where municipal waste can be converted into compost to ensure proper solid waste disposal. These centres can process up to five tonnes of wet waste every day.