Work on solid waste treatment plant begins

Ignatius Pereira

Project expected to be commissioned in October 2009

Project estimated to cost Rs.6.50 crore

The existing waste dumping site to be closed

KOLLAM: Jamshedpur Utility and Services Company Limited (JUSCO), a Tata enterprise, has begun the preliminary work at Kureepuzha here to construct a comprehensive municipal solid waste management project for the city.

Chief of JUSCO’s public health wing Captain Dhananjay Mishra told The Hindu over telephone from Jamshedpur that the project would be commissioned in October next year.

The project involves establishment of an integrated solid waste processing and disposal facility, a new engineered sanitary landfill facility, closure of the existing waste dump site, erection of an electro-mechanical compost plant and establishment of a leachate (liquid that seeps from a landfill) treatment plant.

The agreement for constructing the project was signed between JUSCO and the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP) on July 29 last in the presence of Mayor N. Padmalochanan at the corporation office here.

The signatories to the agreement are Captain Mishra and KSUDP project manager K. Ajikumaran.

Captain Mishra said it would be a Rs.6.50-crore project having a capacity to process and dispose 100 tonnes of waste each day. He said studies conducted by JUSCO showed that the city produced around 60 tonnes of solid waste a day. An extra 40 tonne processing capacity would be added to meet the needs of the future.

He said right now at Kureepuzha, during the rainy season, there was an alarming seepage of leachate into nearby drinking water wells and Ashtamudi Lake. The landfill site would be one that obstructed such seepage of leachate. The project would be built, commissioned and then transferred to the corporation.

Personnel to operate the project would be trained by JUSCO. Preliminary work on the project began in September. Captain Mishra said that with the commissioning of the project, the pollution problem at Kureepuzha would come to an end. The project would help Kollam city comply with the Management and Handling Rules 2000 and contribute towards conserving Ashtamudi Lake, he said.

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