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Thursday, 26 October 2017 16:34

Govt steps in for waste-to-energy plant at Brahmapuram

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With Kochi Corporation finding it unable to give proper reply to Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission (KSERC), which asked the civic body to justify the exorbitant cost of gasification technology for the proposed waste-to-energy plant at Brahmapuram, the state government has stepped in. Now, the state government itself has prepared the answers to the queries and sent it to the KSERC.

The commission has also questioned the very use of gasification technology itself.

It is also learnt that the state government has interfered for clearing the disputes over setting up the waste-to energy plant in wetland. The local-level monitoring committee (LLMC), which inspected the proposed site for construction of waste-to energy plant, a couple of months ago is learnt to have found at least one fourth of the land is paddy land. Now, the government would take measures to get the nod from the LLMC, the body which was constituted under Kerala Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act 2008 to decide on whether a particular holding is dry land or wetland. It is in around 20 acres of land at Brahmapuram, mostly paddy land, that the waste to energy project is to come up.

As per the project report, the electricity generated at the proposed plant would be sold to Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL). It is up to the regulatory commission to fix the tariff for KSEB to purchase the electricity. Earlier, while considering a previous application, the commission had questioned the high cost of producing electricity at the proposed plant. Following this, the regulatory commission had rejected the application. Then, the corporation authorities filed a fresh application.

Even if, the commission gives its nod for the project, it will have to clear more hurdles like pollution control board nod and environmental impact assessment (EIA) studies. There are allegations that the gasification project has never been implemented successfully in the country. There are also allegations that the plant would pollute the Kadambrayar passing through the area besides causing air pollution.

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  • News Section: Bio Energy News
  • Month: October
  • Year: 2017
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