First of its kind initiative in Odisha; Expo held on equipment for solid waste management

Bhubaneswar: As a first of its kind venture to bring in industry players and urban local bodies (ULBs) to one platform and to have a demonstration-based knowledge sharing experience on solid waste management equipment and machineries in Odisha, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) organised a day-long expo at SUDA campus today, on behalf of the Housing and Urban Development Department.
The innovative exposure session at the premises of State Urban Development Authority was aimed at to make all the urban local bodies (ULBs) aware on the methods of processing of wet and dry waste through Micro Composting Centres (MCCs) of 1 to 5 tons per day (TPD) capacity and Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) respectively.
Speaking on the occasion Principal Secretary H&UD Department G. Mathivathanan said “the expo, being a first of its kind in State has provided an interface for the ULBs and the manufacturers and it would help both ways. The national procurement portal Government e-Marketplace (GeM) should also be used by all the ULbs to procure the best suitable machines for them.’’
Director Municipal Administration (DMA) Sangramjit Nayak said “this is an opportunity for the ULBs to interact directly with the manufacturers of these equipment and to reduce the burden of municipal solid waste (MSW) by segregation at source and bio-mining. The expo would also help the ULBs in planning for better environment and greener urban space as the organic manure would be utilized for better growth of trees and plants.’’
The DMA urged the participants to clarify their doubt in the question-answer sessions. “The expo would provide knowledge on technical, financial and other management as well as user friendly aspects of the equipment,’’ he hoped.
BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhary said “the expo was organized to bridge the gap between the ULBs and the manufacturers/suppliers as the smaller ULBs in the interior pockets of the State hardly get any exposure like this to select the suitable equipment for their requirements. Today as an interactive platform the manufacturers also answered to the queries of the officials and representatives of various ULBs.’’
While Joint Secretary-cum-Additional Mission Director Swachh Bharat Mission Kalyan Kumar Rath gave welcome address, among others, Financial Advisor of H&UD Department Sanjay Parmanik, Deputy Secretary-cum-Additional Mission Director SUDA, Sarada Panda and BMC Additional Commissioner Suratha Chandra Mallick were also present.
The Expo included 21 organisations displaying oraganic waste shredders with conveyor belt, compost sieving machine, napkin incinerator, baling unit (for baling of plastic waste up to 20-25 kg bales), battery operated vehicles (tricycle, four-wheeler-Low duty) to negotiate narrow lanes/streets for short distance transportation and segregated of waste etc.
The Manufacturers/Authorised Traders had tried to convince the ULBs through their presentations and the ULBs represented by their officials also put questions and queries on more details/key features, support and services mechanism and
As the Centre has decided the manufacturers or authorized traders to share their products through GeM portal to facilitate procurement by the ULBs for Swachha Bharat initiative, the various procedures to follow and procure the equipment through this unique platform were also discussed.
A senior official also explained that as the GeM portal in nine months’ time had done a huge business of Rs 38,000 crore across the country and the ULBs can procure better products with best price options, they should try to procure the equipment through GeM following proper registration.
“GeM has become the Amazon/Filpkart like organization for government procurement in which there are lakhs of products listed. One can go, add the product to cart and with due uploading of documents can order the items,’’ he explained and asked the participating ULBs adding any doubts regarding the process would be explained through the portal or through the state nodal agency.