A project to install biogas plants in three schools in the city has got underway. The project, being funded by the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP) cell of city Corporation, is expected to be implemented within a month.

Cotton Hill Government Higher Secondary School for Girls; Government Girls HSS, Pattom; and Government Vocational Higher Secondary School, Manacaud, are the three schools where the decentralised waste treatment plants will be installed under the project.

Biogas plants with a capacity to process up to 150 kg a day will be installed in these institutions under the Community Infrastructure scheme of KSUDP. A project official said that steps had been initiated to invite tenders for setting up the plants.

“We have already installed biogas plant at SMV School and it is functioning smoothly. Works on the plants in these three schools will be completed during the summer vacation so that from the next academic year, waste generated from the school, especially the school kitchen, can be processed on the school campus,” said Deputy Mayor G. Happykumar.

Mayor K. Chandrika said that decentralised waste treatment plants would be set up in all government and aided schools in the Corporation limits in the next financial year. “Schools in newly annexed wards such as Vattiyoorkavu and Kachani have already initiated schemes to install biogas plants. In fact the construction of the plant in Kachani Government High School is nearing completion,” Ms. Chandrika said.

She added that the Corporation had also initiated steps to set up decentralised garbage processing plants in markets in the city. “Work on a biogas plant in the Peroorkada market has commenced. However, we are facing some difficulties in setting up plants in Manacaud and Palayam markets,” she said.

Two markets

“At Palayam we already have a major project along with INKEL and TRIDA. This project includes construction of waste treatment plant,” Ms. Chandrika said.

The Corporation is also mooting a proposal to install a treatment plant to process animal waste from its abattoir at Kunnukuzhy.