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Work on Brahmapuram waste plant to start in April

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21/03/2018

The waste-to-energy project proposed to be set up at Brahmapuram that had been mired in controversy will be on track soon. The foundation stone of the first phase of the project will be laid in April.

The construction of the first phase of the project, which is to treat garbage will be completed by January 2019.

In the first phase, a plant to process the garbage and produce refuse derived fuel (RDF) which is in the form of bricks would be set up.

In the second phase, the gasification plant to generate energy from the RDF will be constructed. “It is learnt that the project has got all the necessary approvals except a couple. There was a suggestion that the foundation stone of the first phase will be laid on March 22. As Kochi corporation’s budget will be presented on March 24, we won’t get much time for organizing a befitting ceremony where chief minister will lay the foundation stone of the project. So, the project will be inaugurated in April,” said V K Minimol, chairperson, standing committee for health, Kochi corporation.

According to GJ Eco Power Private Limited, the private partner of the public private-partnership project, they have taken all measures to start the work without any delay. “It is through single window clearance system that different approvals for the project are being given. The preliminary approvals from the agencies like pollution control board, factories and boilers department, fire and rescue department and town planning department are almost through,” said Amith Viswanath, head, corporate affairs, GJ Eco Power Private Limited. “Given the immediacy of the waste treatment facilities for the entire city, we would be starting the construction of waste processing unit first. The entire project including second phase will be over within 18 months,” he said.

Following Kochi corporation’s difficulty in implementing the waste-to-energy plant proposed at Brahmapuram, the state had entrusted overall monitoring of the project to district collector. The government had viewed that the district collector use powers of revenue department and that of the district magistrate for speedy implementation of the project.

Last month, Kochi corporation had handed over 20 acres in Brahmapuram to GJ Eco Power Private Limited for starting the construction of the plant. Though some extent of land was wetland where construction is not allowed, the government gave exemption to it.

The construction of the project designed in 2015 had been stuck in controversies and lack of various clearances. The total cost of the project, which will generate 10 MW of electricity, is 295 crore. The promoters of the project envisage that 85% of the total revenue can be generated from electricity produced at the plant.

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  • News Section: Bio Energy News
  • Month: March
  • Year: 2018
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