Visakhapatnam to generate power from waste soon

The scientific process of recycling garbage and plastic has not started yet in the city
Visakhapatnam: The much-sought after project of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, power generation from solid waste, would soon become a reality as the state government has expressed interest in taking up the project. It may be recalled that the minister for municipal administration P. Narayana announced that the state government was keen on such eco-friendly projects and the Centre would also support the efforts as part of the Swachh Bharat programme. He also said technology from Sweden would be utilised for generating power from waste.
The city generates around 850-900 MT of solid waste per day and now the majority is being shifted to Kapuluppada dumping yard for recycling. However, the scientific process of recycling garbage and plastic has not started yet in the city. The civic body had banned use of plastic in the city from March 1 and officials are imposing penalties against violators.
Now, in a fresh move, the GVMC is mulling over adopting Public Private Partnership (PPP) for setting up the power generation plant for financial viability and less burden on the civic body.
“We are considering taking up PPP mode and will follow further guidelines of the Government. The project is much needed for Vizag since the state and central governments have been focusing on clean environs and improved conditions of sanitation in urban local bodies,” said GVMC commissioner Pravin Kumar.
The civic body is likely to deploy a reputed organisation for preparing the detailed project report on the proposed project shortly.
Further, it was estimated a couple of years ago that it requires a minimum of Rs 530 crore for waste collection, transfer, recycling, and producing energy. The GVMC had earlier planned to have a tie-up with a Bengaluru-based company for setting up a power generation unit, on pilot basis, with a capacity of 25 MT of waste. The company offered sophisticated technology from Germany and subsequently officials planned technology from Japan and Singapore. Now, knowhow from Sweden is being considered for setting up the unit.
( Source : dc correspondent )
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