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Government gives Bhandewadi land to Essel for waste-to-energy project
The state government has given 10 acre in Bhandewadi to Essel Infrastructure and Hitachi Zosen India for their solid waste-to-energy project. The general body of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had recommended the same on July 20. Work is yet to begin on the project.
The land has been given on an annual lease of Rs1 for 15 years. Essel and Hitachi will not be able to use land for any purpose other than the project. They will not be able to mortgage it for raising loans or selling it.
The municipal commissioner has been directed to check whether any environment related problem will arise from transfer of land. Secondly, he will have to check whether the two companies are duly registered and whether any court case is pending related to the land. The commissioner has been given powers to impose any condition he deems fit on the two companies regarding transfer of land.
Nagpur generates 1,100 metric tonne solid waste every day. National Green Tribunal (NGT) had directed NMC to dispose of this garbage in scientific manner. NMC then decided to go in for a waste-to-energy project. Even though NGT had issued the directives months ago, work on the project has not started.