The city Corporation on Thursday announced progress in its project to set up large capacity biogas plants at different locations as part of a solution to waste disposal issues.

Health standing committee chairperson S. Pushpalatha said there was progress in work at 49 locations identified for decentralised plants.

The Council approved the decision to begin the tender process.

The Corporation had declared its plan to set up 62 large capacity biogas plants months ago.

Of the 49 locations, the ‘Patoor Model’ of biomechanical composting would be set up at eight locations, including Karamana Market, NGO Quarters, Tsunami Colony at Poundukadavu, Kulathoor Market and the two police quarters at PMG and Vikas Bhavan. The estimated cost of the projects is Rs. 1.37 crore.

The amount will be spent from funds earmarked for the setting up of source-based waste management units provided by the State Suchitwa Mission to all local governments. The Corporation has a balance of Rs. 2.25 crore and the Pattoor scheme can be managed using this fund.

However, there has been delay on the part of Suchitwa Mission to provide technical sanction for the project. Ms. Pushpalatha said she would take up the matter with Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhy Ali.

Ms. Pushpalatha said the government had promised to bear half the cost of setting up biogas plants at the remaining 41 locations — of which 11 are markets such as in Beemapally, Valiyathura, Sreevarahom, Kadakampally, and Ulloor.

Twenty-three schools have been chosen as well, including Model HSS, Kattaikonam UPS, Sreekaryam HSS and Government Teacher Training Institute, Manacaud. The Corporation and the government will share the Rs. 4 crore project cost equally between them. In addition, the employment exchange would be approached for the appointment of 300 sanitation workers.

An adjournment motion moved by Welfare standing committee chairperson Palayam Rajan was also adopted. It requested the State and Union governments to amend the guidelines of the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana to cater to more Below Poverty Line families in the city.

According to this scheme, only families whose monthly income was less than Rs. 600 could avail themselves of the benefits.