Kozhikode: In what can be a game-changer in the way solid waste is treated (or not at all), Njeliyanparampu near Kozhikode is in the run up to become a pioneer: the first treatment plant, that processes solid waste to generate electricity has passed through the tender stage. The nodal agency, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC), which secured a plot of 12.67 acres on lease from Kozhikode Corporation, is going to set up the modern plant.
The state-owned entity has informed that the tender process to fix the private partner has been completed. The construction and operation of the plant is being awarded to a consortium led by Bengaluru-based Zonta Infratech Pvt Limited.
It is learned that after the required approvals and clearances are obtained, the plant will be operational within two years. It will have a capacity to treat 300 metric ton solid waste. The company will be charging Rs 3,500 as tipping fees for collecting and treating each ton of waste.
The plant is envisaged to process solid waste from Kozhikode Corporation, adjoining municipalities of Koyilandy, Feroke and Ramanattukara and the panchayats of Olavanna, Kundamangalam and Kadalundi.
The plant, which will function in line with the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 issued by the Central Government, will be operating along eco-friendly lines.
The responsibility of collecting waste from residential units and delivering it to the bins placed by the company will rest with the local self-government bodies. And it will be the company's task to colelct it from the bins at regular intervals, sort and transport it in well-covered vehicles and process it at Njeliyanparampu. The state-of-the-art technology available for solid waste treatment will be employed in Njeliyanparampu.
The method used will be the European technology of controlled compression, in which the plant will burn the solid waste at a high temperature. The gas generated from this, will be used to run the turbine to produce electricity.
This electricity will be supplied to KSEB at the rates fixed by Electricity Regulatory Commission, and then provided to the public.
After the formation of a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), the Corporation and the local bodies that become party to the deal, together with KSIDC and the state government, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs 250 crore. Njeliyanparampu plant is the first of the seven plants planned for generating power from solid waste treatment. Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Thrissur, Kannur, Palakkad, Malappuram are the other districts proposed for similar plants.