65 companies have registered for project: Minister
A project to generate power from waste will be implemented in Thrissur soon, Minister for Urban Affairs Manjalamkuzhy Ali has said.
He was speaking after distributing subsidy for decentralised waste management projects implemented by the Thrissur City Corporation.
“A decision on the project to generate power from garbage will be taken on November 29. About 65 companies have registered their names for the project,” the Minister said.
Waste management has become a major crisis in the entire State. Crores of rupees have gone down the drain over the years for buying machinery for waste management, he said.
The Minister said that neither the government nor the civic bodies need to invest money for the proposed power projects. However, the State would buy power from the project at Rs. 7.90 per unit.
“Estimates show that the power generation from waste will help the State save Rs. 96 lakh per day in its power bill,” he added.
In addition to Thrissur, such projects will come in Kochi and Kozhikode Corporation as part of the Clean Kerala Mission.
The Minister appreciated the efforts of the Corporation and the public in its endeavours for decentralised waste management, Mr. Ali said, “source segregation of waste is not a new concept for Keralites as we used to treat our waste in our backyard. The problem began when people started throwing the waste to somebody’s backyard.”
Addressing the function, Mayor I.P. Paul said more than 3,000 pipe compost units were installed in households in the Corporation limit.
The organic waste converter, meant for treatment of waste at Sakthan Thampuran Vegetable Market, was expected to be functional by March, he said.
Standing Committee (Health) chairman of the Corporation C. S. Sreenivasan said that the Thrissur Corporation was the first civic body to conduct a detailed survey to find out the volume of garbage generated at households and suitable waste management systems for them.
The Suchitwa Mission has allotted Rs. 50 lakh as first installment of subsidy for installing decentralised projects in the Corporation limit.
Therambil Ramakrishnan, M.P. Vincent, MLAs and others participated.