Niravu reviving Corpn. biogas plant

Renovation:Workers of Niravu cleaning up the biogas plantat Fish Market in the city. -Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup

Renovation:Workers of Niravu cleaning up the biogas plantat Fish Market in the city. -Photo: S. Ramesh Kurup  

It’s just a matter of two months before the dilapidated and garbage-ridden biogas plant at Fish Market becomes operational beside a cafeteria with a blooming garden. With the final bit of compost inside the plant removed on Tuesday, the wheels of the plan have started rolling towards the desired end.

It was in the second week of June that Niravu, the local waste management experts, took up the renovation of the plant which was commissioned in 2009 as part of the Kozhikode Corporation’s decentralised waste management programme at the time. However, it fell into disuse soon after as the operators were clueless on how to maintain it and what to do with the gas generated. With no one to care for, it soon became a waste dumping yard, especially for the nearby fish market.

In the first phase of renovation, Niravu removed all the garbage dumped inside the plot. After seven truck-loads of garbage was removed, the cleaning of the interior started, which was quite a risky process as a slight mistake could have caused a gas tragedy. The slurry inside the plant, which is good manure, has been taken to Niravu’s own organic farm at Kakkur.

In the second step, the plan is to fill the land to avoid water logging and to demolish the compound wall to make the plot more accessible. In the third phase, the merchants in the vicinity will be trained and encouraged to use the plant. Once the plant becomes fully operational, a cafeteria will be set up there which will use the biogas generated at the plant.

The cleaning of the plant would cost around Rs.6 lakh while a similar amount will be required for the remaining work, which the organisation plans to raise through sponsorships. Various private parties will have an active role in funding the project.

Once operational, the plant will be handed over to the Corporation, whereas the cafeteria will be run by Niravu for five years.

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