Hooghly, Jan 28 (UNI) A Rs 170 crore Kolkata Solid Waste Management Improvement Project, the largest of its kind in the country, today took off here, with Japan bearing the major share of Rs 140 crore.
The project is scheduled to be completed by 2010-2011. The state government will be contributing the remaining amount towards the project.
Municipal Affairs and Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharya, while laying the foundation stone, said the project would benefit the eight lakh strong population of the district, especially the municipality areas of Baidyabati, Champdani, Konnagar, Rishra, Srirampur and Uttarpara-Kotrung.
Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority has appointed Yachio-Senes Group, a Japanese company, as an implementing consultant to provide technical support for the project.
The total solid waste accumulated from these six municipality areas will be brought to a land field station located at Dirghangi under Baidyabati municipality and covering an area of 51 acres.
Dignitaries at the foundation laying function here comprised Japanese Consul General Motoyoshi Noro, State Higher Education Minister Sudarshan Roy Chaudhury, local MLA Jibes Chakroborty, Hooghly DM Vinod Kumar.
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