15 MW waste-to-energy plant coming up in Guntur

Updated - February 01, 2016 05:49 am IST

Published - February 01, 2016 12:00 am IST - GUNTUR:

A 15 Mega Watt waste-to-energy plant, one of the country’s largest commercial waste-to-energy facility is coming up at Naidupet village in Guntur district.

The 20-acre stretch of land is located amid hills abutting the Guntur-Chilakaluripet National Highway No 5 and is located far away from residential colonies.

This could be the second biggest waste-to-energy facility after the 16 MW Timarpur Okhla Waste Management Plant in Delhi. In spite of uncertainty over the feasibility of such projects in the long run, commercial firms have been foraying into this sector with an eye on Rs. 1.5 crore subsidy per MW given by New and Renewable Energy Ministry.

The plant, which is being designed by JITF Urban Infrastructure Ltd., is being built to process over 1,200 Metric Tonnes of solid waste from nine municipalities in Guntur and Krishna districts. Apart from Guntur and Vijayawada municipal corporations, Tenali, Tadepalli, Mangalagiri, Sattenapalli, Chilakaluripet, Vinukonda and Narsaraopet municipalities are partners in the ambitious project.

But the ambitious project could run into issues relating to quantity of solid waste generated, as none of the municipalities other than Guntur and Vijayawada, generates more than 100 MT waste.

With the 15 MW plant requiring at least 1,200 MT of solid waste to run, civic bodies would find themselves on a sticky wicket.

The other riders include a penalty to be levied on municipalities, which fail to meet the target of waste generation.

Solid waste from as many as nine municipalities to be sourced into the plant

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