Rourkela, Dec 17 (LocalWire): The Rourkela Municipal Corporation began the construction of the micro-composting plant at Basanti Colony with security personnel in tow to take care of any law and order situation as locals initially opposed it.
Residents opposed the plant that would dispose of organic waste generated from households, in the neighbourhood, as they were worried that they would have to live with foul odour.
‘We have requisitioned two platoons of police personnel so that we can construct the micro-composting plant at the designated spot,’ said deputy commissioner of RMC Sudhansu Bhoi.
The RMC has plans to construct 10 such plants in the corporation area at a cost of Rs 52 lakhs.
So far, construction of five plants is on. ‘At present construction is going on at Tarkera, Balughat, BPUT, Municipal College and Bonamunda. This is the sixth plant,’ said Bhoi.
‘The locals opposed as they had the misconception that foul smell will originate from the plant. However, the technology adopted prevents any such situation. The household organic waste will be treated and turned into compost which will be sold to public to be used in agriculture.’ Construction of other plants will soon begin, Bhoi informed.
Bijay Das a resident of the area said, ‘this is a good thing as the household waste can now be treated and not thrown in the neighbourhood causing inconvenience.’