Vijayawada

Waste-to-energy plant may be commissioned by April next year

At a time when many Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) are grappling with the issues pertaining to managing tonnes of garbage in an eco-friendly manner, the 15MW waste-to-energy plant being constructed by Jindal Ecopolis near the Naidupet dumping yard in Guntur is all set to revolutionise the process, apart from generating power from the solid waste.

According to officials, the ₹270-crore project for which nine ULBs, including Guntur and Vijayawada municipal corporations signed an MoU with Jindal Ecopolis, a firm owned by Jindal Company in February 2016, is likely to start operations from April next year.

Tripartite agreement

As per the tripartite agreement with a validity of 25 years, the plant being set up in the public private partnership mode will process the solid waste collected from nine ULBS, including Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) and Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) and the municipalities of Tadepalli, Mangalagiri, Tenali, Sattenapalli, Chilakaluripet, Narsaraopet and Pidiguralla.

The ULBs need to collect, segregate and transport solid waste daily to the plant, which will process and convert it into power by using incineration technology.

Jindal Ecopolis has already signed an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh Southern Power Distribution Company Limited (APSPDCL) to provide power at a cost of ₹6.20 per unit. The State government has made the Swachh Andhra Corporation as the nodal agency for the project.

The GMC allotted 15.50 cents of land near the dumping yard at Naidupet in 2016. Further, the GMC has planned to supply treated water from its sewage treatment plant (STP) and arrangements have been made for digging of borewells.

The civic body is now laying a pipeline from the water source at Vengalayapalem to supply 0.2 MLD to the waste-to-energy plant.

The officials say that the plant was set to be commissioned by September this year. But, lack of manpower during the general elections and poor sand supply have delayed the project.

“The works are going on at a brisk pace. The plant will offer an effective solution to manage solid waste. Plans are afoot to widen the road to the project site, install a central divider and improve greenery in the surrounding areas. We hope the project will be a role model,” says GMC Commissioner Shrikesh B. Lathkar.

With a capacity of processing 1,200 tonnes of waste per day, the plant is being set up in compliance to to all the statutory norms.

State-of-the-art technology

“We have opted for solid waste incineration technology, a proven method to check emissions. There will be no human interference and technology is available to utilise the residues including bottom ash, fly ash and leachate and etc,’’ says M.V Chary, president (projects) of Jindal Ecopolis.

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