Berhampur city known as "The Silk City" is headquarter of Ganjam District located at the southern part of Orissa.
The city is among one of the oldest city of Orissa state.
The municipal waste in the city is maintained by Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BMC). Usually the solid waste was dumped outskirt of the city in a place near ‘Chandania Hill’. With the aim of better management of urban waste, the Council in its general body meeting held in May 2013 decided to improve the present sanitation facilities and the solid waste management system in the city. In the meeting a new place called ‘Mohuda’ about 15 kilometers away from the city was decided for the new garbage dumping ground. Accordingly BMC prepared a blueprint and a detailed project report for establishment of a solid waste management plant (SWMP) in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
For the new garbage dumping, over 31.62 acres of land was acquired at Mohuda and the estimated cost of the project was about Rs 70 crore. The financial assistance was expected from International Finance Corporation (IFC). The detailed project report was submitted to the BMC by the IFC .
The project at Mohuda was implemented through the PPP mode through an open tender . Berhampur Waste Management Company Private Limited - a consortium of ULP Environment and Engineering, Ram Engineering and Construction Company and BMC has been formed for implementation the project . Besides setting up a state of the art processing plant, the selected private partner will be responsible for primary and secondary collection, transportation, segregation, recycling, treatment and scientific disposal of solid waste [2, 4] Chief minister Naveen Patnaik laid the foundation stone of the project at Mohuda in October 2013 [6, 8].
A public hearing was organized in September 2014 by the district administration and Odisha State Pollution Control Board for the opinion of the local people. In the public hearing residents of Mahuda, registered their protest against setting up of an integrated solid waste management plant in the area .