BHAWANIPATNA: The locations selected for Micro Composting Centers (MCC) in the Bhawanipatna community have generated resentment among the locals who have to endure the putrid smell from the decomposition process. Last year two MCCs were set up by the City Council for waste management and separation at a cost of Rs 28 lakh. The units began operating near the LIC office and Jenakhal in the city.
However, despite their benefits, the stink of the decomposition process has become a bane for the locals as both MCCs are in residential areas. “The purpose of the center is good, but the location selection is inadequate and poses problems for the public,” said Prakash Pradhan, a local.
Like Prakash, many in the neighborhood are dissatisfied with the MCCs and are calling for the units to be moved out of the city’s residential areas.
Sources said each MCC has a capacity of three tons per day with Rs 4 lakh worth of equipment installed. The compost from green and wet waste in the centers is sold to the forestry office’s nurseries as agreed, while dry waste is deposited in the two micro-plant centers near the MCCs. Residues after sorting and selling certain items are then sent to a cement factory in Bargarh for use as fuel.
Bhawanipatna Township Executive Officer Balaya Dehuri commented on the issue and said he would look into the issue and take the necessary steps.