KOCHI: The representatives of Mumbai-based company Ecosystem Services will soon hold discussions with the Minister concerned and Corporation authorities in connection with the setting up of a new Solid Waste Treatment Plant at Brahmapuram. According to S R Maley, the representative of the company, they are keen on looking into the possibilities of setting up the new plant. The Ecosystem Services is currently carrying out the cleaning and deodorising process on the garbage dumped at the existing plant at Brahmapuram.
“Our team will reach Kochi on December 9. We are planning to hold discussions with the authorities concerned in this regard,” he said. However, the plan to set up a new waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram is yet to materialise. Though the state government had entrusted Suchitwa Mission with the task of providing technical assistance needed for setting up the new plant to Kochi Corporation, the tendering and selection of an agency got delayed as the former failed to identify a firm with a proven track record. The plan is to set up a new waste-to-energy plant, which will have the capacity to treat 300 tonnes of waste per day.
Regarding the ongoing deodorising works, Maley said that the work is progressing in a very good manner. “The deodorising and cleaning works are progressing at the existing plant in a satisfactory manner. We were able to bring down the presence of flies. The stench in the plant too is reduced. We are carrying out similar work in Kashmir where we treat 300 tonnes of waste per day. The same strategy is being adopted in Kochi too and we hope that our workers will be able to complete the first phase of the work to make the Brahmapuram Plant stench free by December 10,” he added.
Maley said that the work will be carried out in a phase to phase manner. “As per our agreement with the Kochi corporation and Suchitwa Mission, the work will be completed in another five month,” he added.The reason why the corporation roped in an agency to clean the plant was due to the apprehensions that the accumulation of garbage and the stink emanating from it would discourage investors from coming to the Smart City that is situated in vicinity.