LALITPUR: High Level Empowered Garbage Management Committee today decided to call on the Cabinet to empower it to invite Expression of

Interest (EoI) from the private sector to set up a refuse-fuelled energy plant in the valley. The committee has

only two months to strike a deal with the private sector to establish the industry and is confused as to how to evaluate the bidders.

“We will ask the Cabinet soon to empower the committee to call

EoIs and evaluate them,” said Dr Sumitra Amatya, member-secretary of the committee. As per the law,

the EoI has to be called by the

ministry concerned. “The government will call the EoI while we wish to handle the rest,” she said.

The plant could generate at least 4 MW of electricity, gas and compost fertiliser everyday. The seven-member committee, headed by Dr Dinesh Chandra Devkota, member of National Planning Commission, comprises representatives from the

ministries of Finance, Environment, Physical Planning and Works,

Local Development and the Kathmandu Metropolitan City.

Meanwhile, a team of international experts is arriving in Nepal on November 15 to discuss on the proposed refuse-fuelled energy plant.

“We’ll interact and share knowledge with the experts, who have succeeded in converting the garbage in Bangladesh into organic compost,” said Dr Sumitra Amatya, General Manager, Solid Waste Management and Resource Mobilisation Centre, Ministry of Local Development.

“The discussion is scheduled for November 16,” she said, adding that the Public-Private Partnership Urban Environment (PPPUE), a UNDP project, coordinated in bringing the experts to Nepal for the discussion.

“The UNDP informed us today that the experts are visiting us,” she said.

The PPPUE has claimed that the production of organic compost from the waste on the basis of public-private partnership concept has become highly successful in Bangladesh.

The PPPUE has shown its readiness to help manage the Valley garbage problem, Dr Amatya said.

The government is planning to set up a garbage-fuelled plant in

the Kathmandu Valley in the next

two years. An agreement to this

effect is likely by mid-December, Dr Amatya added.

However, the call for the expression of interest (EoI), which was to be made immediately after the Tihar, had skipped its deadline.