Indore municipal body plans to set up ambitious waste-to-energy plant

  • Saeed Khan, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Oct 14, 2014 19:08 IST

Wilting under the increasing flak over lack of sanitation, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is probing "energizing" ways to improve solid waste management (SWM). Civic bosses are planning to set up a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant fuelled by some 300 metric tonne (MT) of municipal waste, said sources.

The corporation will have to get a clearance from the court before it can begin work on the processing plant. IMC had awarded the contract for setting up a waste processing plant to Protect Nature Pvt Ltd. However, the two parties became involved in a legal dispute.

In an interim order in 2010, the high court asked IMC to set aside 300 MT of waste, the contract for which was awarded to Protect Nature, and set up a plant to process the remaining quota of municipal waste — around 500 MT — generated every day. The contract for the 500 MT plant was awarded to A2Z Ltd.

"The amount of waste generated everyday has gone up substantially (since the interim order was issued). Even after the 500 MT processed by A2Z and the 300 firm set aside for Protect Nature we still have around 300 MT left (per day)," said additional municipal commissioner SK Kathuria.

He said the Corporation had submitted an application seeking the court's permission for setting up a plant capable of processing 300 metric tonnes of waste. "It can be a WTE plant or just a waste disposal facility. That is still to be decided. The first thing is to get a clearance from the court," he said.

The trial run of the Rs 24 crore waste processing plant at Devguradia trenching ground operated by A2Z got underway in 2011, after a bhoomi poojan ceremony by Mayor Krishna Murari Moghe.

Spread over 15 acre, the plant is capable of processing 500 MT of waste in a day and the firm pays the IMC Rs 21 per MT of waste. Municipal waste used to make compost, reuse derived fuel (RDF) and eco-bricks at the plant, built by A2Z Ltd, the secondary waste collection contractor.

All the waste generated by the City will be consumed by the processing plant, only 5-10 per cent waste will go unutilized, Moghe had told reporters after the ceremony. "This is the first such facility in the state and only the third or fourth in the country," said then municipal commissioner Yogendra Sharma after the inauguration.

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