The fuel-guzzling mobile incinerator that has left the state government, the Suchitwa Mission and the Corporation red-faced was only meant as a temporary solution to the garbage problem in Thiruvananthapuram, according to Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali.
There are no plans to buy a second one for any local body in the state, the Minister told the Assembly on Monday. ‘’One mobile incinerator was purchased at a cost of Rs 2.19 crore as a temporary facility for garbage disposal following the closure of the Vilappilsala plant. Trial runs are on,’’ he said. He said that the Kerala State Suchitwa Mission had not floated any global tenders for the vehicle’s purchase. The vehicle was purchased by SIDCO, he said. ‘’SIDCO purchased it through global tenders,’’ the Minister said.
The review of mobile incinerator, planned for three days, continued for the fourth day on Monday. The review, which was conducted after a month-long trial run, has concluded. The technical committee, which has the representatives of Small Industries Development Corporation Ltd (SIDCO), Suchitwa Mission, Pollution Control Board, PWD, Corporation and supplier Chintan Sales, will submit the review report to the government on Tuesday. The second review was conducted based on the directive of Minister Ali as the technical committee which reviewed the first trial run raised doubts over the efficiency of the mobile incinerator. The second technical panel was formed by including the representative of Chintan Sales.
Meanwhile, Chintan Sales have been given the charge of operations of the mobile incinerator for the coming two years.