Staff Reporter

Plants for treating biodegradable waste to be set up in panchayats

Plants will also generate electricity

Rs.60 lakh set aside for first phase

KOCHI: The Ernakulam District Panchayat, in association with the Thiruvananthapuram-based Biotech, is implementing a decentralised waste treatment project with the objective of avoiding environmental pollution in waste management.

The project assumes added significance at a time when many areas of the district, especially the city, are suffering from garbage, which continues to pile up owing to the absence of appropriate treatment facilities and waste management strategies.

As part of the project, the district panchayat is setting up plants for treating biodegradable waste at panchayat levels. These plants have been designed to generate electricity, thus making the project doubly beneficial.

Besides, a project for treating household waste has been operating with the financial assistance of the district panchayat and the respective grama panchayats, for the last three years. So far 2,500 households in the district have been covered under the project.

The district panchayat will be setting up treatment plants in six panchayats in the first phase. While the plants at Amballoor and Piravom have already been commissioned, the construction work of the ones at Kalady and Nedumbassery panchayats were launched recently. Rayamangalam and Thrikkakkara are the other panchayats included in the first phase. The district panchayat has included the project in the current fiscal and has set aside Rs.60 lakh for the first phase.

The district panchayat will contribute Rs.5.80 lakh for setting up the treatment plant while the beneficiary panchayat will have to put in Rs.3 lakh. The Central subsidy of Rs.1.20 lakh will be routed through Biotech, which has already implemented 21 similar projects in various panchayats across the State.

Power generation

The plant will have the capacity to treat 250kg of waste and 250 litres of polluted water each day. A recycling unit capable of utilising the already treated water coming out of the plant will also be set up alongside.

This will enhance the efficiency of the treatment plant, and, more importantly, will prevent environmental pollution.