The proposed solid waste treatment plant will adopt incineration method

The proposed solid waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram capable of processing 500 tonnes of waste material daily will adopt the waste-to-energy technology model based on the incineration method.

Work on the Rs. 350 crore plant is expected to begin soon. A final decision on the company that would implement the project will be taken on Monday.

The waste-to-energy technology is expected to provide help in converting the non-recyclable and combustible portion of the waste to electricity. It will also reduce the amount of material sent to landfills besides preventing contamination of air and water.

Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali told The Hindu on Thursday that four companies out of the total 15, which had submitted requests, have qualified for the final bid.

The project will be implemented under a DBFOT (design, build, finance, operate and transfer) pattern in the public-private participatory mode, he said.

The government will provide 10 acres near the now defunct plant of the Kochi Corporation at Brahmapuram for the new project.

The government will have no financial obligation while the selected entity can decide on the quantum of investment.

As per the original project proposal, the operation of the plant will be bound under an agreement by which the energy generated will be added to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) pool.

The profit derived from generation of power will have to be shared between the operator and the government.

The proposal had stated that the project will be an integrated solid waste management plant with minimum land fill, producing electrical energy output capacity to cater to treatment of 500 tonnes of municipal solid waste per day. Other development opportunities proposed include land development, area enhancement, solid waste management, electrical energy and manure.

The new Brahmapuram plant was among the three regional solid waste treatment plants proposed to be built shortly using a feasible technology model.

The other two plants were proposed to be built in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.

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