KSIDC to set up 'scientific' waste plant at Chalai - The New Indian Express

KSIDC to set up 'scientific' waste plant at Chalai

Published: 02nd October 2013 07:59 AM

Last Updated: 02nd October 2013 11:06 AM

There is a new twist to the plan to set up a ‘shopping mall’ look-alike waste treatment plant at Chalai. After Loro Group, which had won the bid to set up the waste treatment plant, backed out from the project, the government has now assigned KSIDC (Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation) as the nodal agency for constructing a waste treatment plant in a ‘scientific way’ at the location, such that it will not disturb the environment and residents.

The decision was reached at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in which Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali, Health Minister V S Sivakumar and Industries Minister P K Kunhalikutty were present, along with Mayor K Chandrika, Deputy Mayor G Happykumar, TRIDA chairman P K Venugopal, Corporation Health Standing Committee chairperson S Pushpalatha, Welfare Standing Committee chairman Palayam Rajan, Corporation officials and councillors. 

When the hopes of a centralised waste treatment plant started receding, the government started giving a fillip to the source-level methods for waste disposal put forward by the City Corporation, by offering 50-per cent subsidy to the biogas plants proposed in 62 locations and windrow composts on ‘Pattoor model’ in 30 spots.

 If required, more funding will be provided for these plants. When the plants are to be set up in government institutions, the entire expenses will be borne by the government. Suchitwa Mission will provide the technical advice. It is also reviving the plan to install decentralised waste treatment plants at constituency level in Nemom, Vattiyoorkavu and Kazhakkoottam, which has been in limbo, after holding discussions and identification of the spots.

 On the five-and-a-half acre TRIDA plot along the Chalai-Attakulangara Bypass, the ‘municipal solid waste-to-energy plant’ was expected to come up on two acres by March this year. It had been claimed that 3.2 mega watts of electricity would be produced on processing 35 tonnes of waste per day.

 When authorities failed to show an example of a successful model of plant which operated on the gasification technology, which is all new here, the plant project received flak from the beginning. The residents of Chalai formed an action council to air their protests over the setting up of the plant, which was said to have ‘no leachate, foul smell, air or water pollution’.

 Saying that several detrimental clauses were present in the concession agreement, the City Corporation itself had refrained from signing it initially and later expressed its consent to Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali to sign the agreement to supply municipal solid waste saying that further decision-making was up to the government.

 Meanwhile, the mobile incinerator brought from Gujarat to solve the garbage worries here had left for Malappuram when it ended up being a fuel-guzzling machine incurring huge financial losses.

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