The technical and financial committee, constituted to identify an apt company to entrust the implementation of new solid waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram, will meet in Thiruvananthapuram this week end.
The panel will file its recommendations and findings on the financial and technical aspects of the three companies that are short-listed to the government. The state will finalise the company based on these recommendations. “The meeting is scheduled for this week and we are hopeful of awarding the work soon,” Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhi Ali told Express.
The proposed plant will have a capacity to treat 500 tonnes of solid waste materials a day and the estimated project cost is `350 crore.
A top official with the Shuchitwa Mission said that the Lowest-1 (L1), L2 and L3 bidders were shortlisted after detailed analysis and scrutiny of the 15 proposals received for the project implementation.“A study focusing on the credibility of the companies was conducted on the companies which submitted the final bid after successfully passing the pre-qualification assessment,” the official said. He said that the short-listed bidders are three consortia. “Normally, the work is expected to be awarded to L1, the lowest bidder. Here, it is a consortium of four different companies, including financial and technical institutions,” he added.
The new ‘waste to energy’ plant is expected to be based on incineration, a waste treatment technology. The combustion of waste for recovering energy is called incineration and under this method the waste material that is treated is converted gases, particles and heat which are used for generating power.
The proposed plant will come up at 10 acres of land, out of the 100 acres that the Corporation owns at Brahmapuram. The plant will be constructed at a higher plane adjacent to the existing plant which is defunct. The power generated from the plant will be transferred to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB).