Garbage mounds continue to pile up in the city in the absence of a centralised solution for waste management and only source-based models have shown some signs of hope. The Secretariat has taken up waste management on its own by first setting up its own biogas plant and now an incinerator.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy will inaugurate the functioning of the incinerator at 4.30 p.m. on September 6 behind the Secretariat South Block. It has been set up at a cost of Rs.18.93 lakh by the Chennai-based Essco Furnace Ltd. The Suchitwa Mission allocated funds for this project. A semi-permanent shed, where the incinerator will be kept, was constructed at a cost of Rs.2.30 lakh.

The Secretariat generates around 750 kg of garbage everyday. According to company officials, the diesel-powered incinerator can burn 100 to 150 kg waste per hour. Since this mechanism can deal with paper and plastic waste as well, this will lend the Secretariat a garbage-free status, a release says. The biogas plant set up here in March processes 100 kg waste an hour. The gas is used for cooking in the canteen here.

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