For the Kerala Government, the proposed pyrolysis-gassification plant at Chala is a make or break situation

For the Kerala Government, the proposed pyrolysis-gassification plant at Chala is a make or break situation.

Accordingly, to counter the apprehensions about a Vilappil-like imbroglio at Chala, which triggered local protests against the plant, the government is planning to roll out a publicity blitzkrieg about the plant capabilities, come the new year.

Through a series of seminars, the government will seek to spread the message that the proposed plant at Chala will not pollute the local environment, and that the locality and ultimately the city stand to benefit from the facility. The first of the ‘kick-off seminars’ about the plant is scheduled in the first week of January.

For now, the government is saying that only the waste generated at Chala will be treated at this plant. However, the fact remains that Chala does not and will not in the foreseeable future generate 35 tonnes of garbage, the plant’s capacity.

For now, the government is saying that only the waste generated at Chala will be treated at this plant. However, the fact remains that Chala does not and will not in the foreseeable future generate 35 tonnes of garbage, the plant’s capacity.

Now that two rounds of evaluation by a technical committee have found that the mobile incinerator bought by the government is capable of delivering what it was designed to, the machine may now be taken to other parts of the city in the coming days.

Officials of the Suchitwa Mission said there had been a steady stream of requests from various Corporation councillors for the machine to drop by their ward. “The councillors are only too willing to give their requests in writing. We can then decide where all to take the incinerator. This will be decided in a few days,” a mission official told The Hindu.

All the same, the government is yet to decide who should own the incinerator — the mission, SIDCO, or the proposed government solid waste management company. As things are now, the incinerator may finally end up being owned by the mission itself.