: A biogas plant will be inaugurated at the Corporation office on Monday, marking the start of a move to set up biogas plants in government offices across the city.

The plant, with capacity to process 150 kg of waste daily, would generate over 10 litres of gas, said Works standing committee chairperson of the Corporation V.S. Padmakumar. “We will enter into an agreement with Indian Coffee House within our premises, to make use of the gas that is generated by the plant,” he said.

The civic body had thus far focussed on installing plants in schools. Biogas plants had been set up at Cotton Hill Government Girls Higher Secondary School, SMV Higher Secondary School, Karthika Tirunal GHSS at Manacaud and Government Girls’ HSS at Pattom. By March, such plants would be set up at government high schools at Kamaleshwaram, Sreekariyam and Vattiyoorkavu and the Valiyathura Fisheries School. Space has already been allotted for these projects. The agency to implement the project would be finalised soon, he said.

In September, the civic body had adopted an adjournment motion to set up plants in government departments. Work will get under way after adequate area is identified and necessary permission is received from the respective department. Palayam Market is another location that the Corporation has been eyeing for the establishment of a waste-to-electricity plant, similar to the one that has been functioning at the Sreekariyam Market for the past seven years.

“We cannot go ahead with installing a plant here as there is an Infrastructures Kerala Ltd (INKEL) project envisaged here,” said Mr. Padmakumar.

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