THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The City Corporation and the JNNURM team couldn’t have asked for a bigger misfortune than this. If there was one work under the JNNURM that was finally heading for completion, it was the solid waste management project in Vilappilsala. But the latest developments at Vilapil leading to an imbroglio over waste management in the city for the past two weeks have cast a shadow of uncertainty over the project.
The allotted amount for the Vilappilsala solid waste management plant is Rs 13.58 crore. Of this, Rs 4.3 crore has been released and Rs 2.5 crore spent. The construction of the leachate treatment plant and collection tank has almost been completed.
The next step is the construction of an anaerobic pond with 35-lakh litre capacity, to be followed by the construction of aeration tank, clarifier for settling the suspended particles, rapid plant filter to remove smell and colour of the leachate, disinfectioning plant for chlorination of the leachate and, finally, sludge-drying beds.
Given six months more, the plant would have become completely functional, making the stench and alleged health problems owing to the plant a thing of the past, JNNURM officials say.
According to them, it is the second such compost plant to come up in India after the one at Nashik. And they swear that the plant and its technology are the best suited for Kerala.