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`Garbage power' to light up lives in Vizag

By Santosh Patnaik

VISAKHAPATNAM, JULY 4. As part of solid waste management, a long-awaited proposal to generate power from garbage will soon see the light of the day. About 600 tonnes of garbage picked up daily from various parts of the city is now being dumped on the city outskirts at Kappulauppada. Now, Sriram Energies Systems Limited, has come forward to start power generation from this garbage heap.

The firm has already set up a six MW power plant at Vijayawada, using garbage as its raw material after entering into an agreement with the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation.

"Their proposal is also being considered favourably by the Congress Government. The Vijayawada Municipal Commissioner told me recently that the garbage-based power plant was functioning successfully there," the Mayor, Rajana Ramani, told The Hindu .

To give a concrete shape to the proposal, the Mayor, and the Municipal Commissioner, N. Srikant, are planning to visit Vijayawada to inspect the plant and explore the possibility of finalising a deal at the earliest.

The Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation will provide the city garbage free of cost to the promoters of the power plant.

The final proposal submitted by Sriram Energies Systems Ltd., will be placed before the municipal council meeting for formal approval. The land at Kappulauppada will be given on lease to the promoter for which the modalities have to be worked out.

The Mayor said that as per the Supreme Court directive, all the urban civic bodies have to follow solid waste management plan as per the guidelines framed by the Central Pollution Control Board and the State Pollution Control Board.

Ramani said they would recommend the promoter to either opt for pelletisation or compost-making with land filling to prevent any adverse impact on the environment by the effluents left behind by the firm after making use of the garbage for power production.

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