The mobile incinerator has finally reached the city. However, it would take a month to start functioning. The trial run is expected to begin on Thursday. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali and Social Welfare Minister M K Muneer inspected the 42-metre-long incinerator at Industrial Estate, Pappanamcode, on Wednesday.
The incinerator, which can dispose of one tonne of waste in an hour, is expected to work for 8-16 hours a day. “The trial run will continue for almost a month,” said executive director of Suchitwa Mission, George Chakkacherry.
He said that steps would be taken to use the residual ash for construction of bricks. “We are making arrangements to use the ash for making bricks, cement etc. Also, the smoke will be subjected to pollution test,” he said. George said that the quantity of ash would be much small.
The incinerator was bought from Chintan Sales in Gujarat. Workers from Chintan will be in charge of operating the incinerator. “Priority will be given to meat waste,” George said.
When asked about the government plan to dispose of waste in abandoned quarries, Suchitwa Mission officials said that the government was still studying the issue.