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Journey towards a waste-free smart city

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Urban infrastructure and municipal waste management sectors witnessed significant developments in 2018.

Waste management

Overcoming several technical and environmental hazards and objections, the waste-to-energy plant project, the first of its kind in the State, is moving ahead. Barring the environment clearance, the project has secured all mandatory clearances from various agencies.

The plant, which is expected to address the perennial issue of management of municipal waste and replace the ailing solid waste management unit at Brahmapuram, received a fillip when the State government threw its weight behind the project. The government got the holding identified for the project exempted from the ambit of the Kerala Conservation of Paddy and Wetland Act through an ordinance and paved way for the establishment of the unit.

Earlier, a State-level monitoring committee, set up under the Act, had rejected permission for reclaiming wetland for the plant.

Those at G J Eco Power Private Limited, the firm which won the bid for setting up the plant, hope to begin work on the project during the first quarter of 2019. It may take at least 18 months, after obtaining all the statutory clearances, for the completion of the plant.

Back on track

After losing precious time, the Kochi Smart City project is back on track. The year witnessed Cochin Smart Mission Limited (CSML), the Special Purpose Vehicle formed for implementing the projects in the city, floating tenders for around ₹650 crore.

Though Kochi was picked as the 5th city in the first round of selection held countrywide, the city could not make any significant progress in the implementation of projects. Much time was lost for completing the groundwork as others in the first list moved ahead.

The year witnessed floating of tenders for road projects worth ₹235 crore, Integrated Traffic Management Scheme worth ₹30 crore and Integrated Command Control Centre, which would require ₹100 crore. The projects are expected to be launched by February next.

In 2019, the CSML will take up projects in tourism, housing and sewerage treatment sectors of the city, said Mission authorities.

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