After the second trial run, which lasted four days, officials of Suchitwa Mission now say that the mobile incinerator is working in good condition. “Anxieties are over. The incinerator could burn 500 kg- 1 tonne of waste in an hour as specified,” said George Chakkacherry, Executive Director of Suchitwa Mission, on Tuesday. However, several questions remain.
After the end of the month-long trial run, the technical committee which reviewed the work had suggested some modifications such as introduction of automatic loading system, raising the stack height etc. Complaints were also raised against the fuel consumption of the incinerator, which used 40-80 litres of diesel per hour. However, after the four-day review, the authorities of Suchitwa Mission claimed that the machine was in good condition. The technical committee is unlikely to suggest modifications for the incinerator.
When asked what happened during the first review, Chakkacherry said the committee must not have closely watched it. However, he admitted that the loading facility was not fully automatic. “Had it been fully automatic, it could have burned more waste. Since the loading facility is not fully automatic, waste falls to the sides instead of the centre,” he said.
Chakkacherry said that he was yet to receive the report of the technical committee which reviewed the work. “As per initial reports, things are satisfactory,” he said.
The technical committee had representatives of Small Industries Development Corporation Ltd (SIDCO), Suchitwa Mission, Pollution Control Board, PWD, Corporation and supplier Chintan Sales. The report is expected to be submitted in one or two days.