Kollam: In a permanent solution to the waste disposal woes of Kollam, the Kureep-uzha dump yard is soon to get a 200 tonne waste treatment plant capable of generating power from waste materials. This is also a boost for the waste-to-to energy programme initiated by the nodal agency Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation (KSIDC).
The 28-acre land under Kollam Corporation has been handed over to KSIDC for a lease period of 28 years for setting up the plant. The plant will be set up in a cluster model by including Koll-am Corporation, Karuna-gappally, Paravur, and Kottarakkara Municipa-lities along with a few panchayats in district.
The plant capable of producing energy from waste products will be totally environment-friendly. The waste materials collected from households will be sorted and transported to the plant by respective local bodies in closed vehicles.
The tenders for inviting technology to convert waste to energy are yet to be floated. The KSIDC intends to implement the project by employing companies to set up and operate the project. The technology to be used could be decided by these companies.
The waste materials could be combusted in high temperatures to convert to vapour form to generate power using turbines. The exhaust gases produced during combustion will be filtered to make it clean from toxins, abiding by the norms of pollution control board.