Published On : Mon, Oct 31st, 2016

Greece delegation visits NMC, extends help in solid waste management


Nagpur: A delegation of Greece-based company Soukos Robots on Saturday paid a goodwill visit to Nagpur Municipal Corporation and made a presentation regarding technologies available with it on waste management and other aspects. NMC is seeking ‘smart’ management of solid waste generated in Nagpur city, and this is attracting foreign entities.

Mayor Pravin Datke welcomed the Greece delegation at NMC and presented a sapling of Tulsi, shawl, shreefal, and memento. Sameer Meghe, MLA, Sudhir Raut, Chairman of NMC Standing Committee; Dr Ramnath Sonawane, Additional Municipal Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of Smart City project; Ravindra Deotale, Deputy Commissioner; Jagtap, Consultant (Solid Waste Management); Aniruddha Chauganjkar, Executive Engineer (Projects); Dr Pradeep Dasarwar, Medical Officer; Mohd Israil, Engineer, River and Lake Rejuvenation Project; Rajesh Dupare, Deputy Engineer, and others attended the meeting in which ‘smart’ management of solid waste generated in Nagpur city was discussed with the visiting delegation.

The delegation of Soukos Robots comprised Konstantinos Soukos, Director and researcher; Tatli Soukos, Mohammad Hammadi, Smita Meghe of Soukos Robots (India); Sameer Saeed, Atharva Dharkar and others. Dr Sonwane said that Nagpur has been shortlisted by Government of India for development as a futuristic ‘smart city’. Accordingly, various technologies are being explored to make municipal solid waste management more effective and ‘smart’.

Soukos Robots made a presentation on waste management technologies available with it. Later, Greece delegation visited Bhandewadi dumping yard. Mayor said that NMC required a company that would offer guarantee for 100 per cent recycling of municipal solid waste, and without any harm to the environment. Konstantinos Soukos said that modern technology could increase savings of NMC, as it would help in production of useful things. Datke asked Soukos Robots team to submit a proposal so that NMC could give it a thought. Soukos Robots has various systems for municipal solid waste management. These include Theseus System, an eco-friendly mobile system that contributes to direct reduction of waste disposed to landfills by utilising the waste at dumping areas. Then, it has robotic bin which is a fully automated system that accepts and compacts garbage up to 80 per cent of its original volume, and then stores compressed waste vertically ‘whilst self-disinfecting’ the storage compartment. The company also has ‘Soukos Robots’ that dries organic bio-degradable (food, garden, cardboard and newspaper) wastes to produce a stabilised product of low granulometry for several uses.

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