Launch of a waste-to-energy test


The trial of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Kapuluppada began here on Saturday. Officials from the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) sent around 500 tonnes of waste for treatment.

The commissioner of the GVMC, G. Srijana, pointed out the closed compact vehicle in which the solid waste was sent to the factory. Later, she learned about the operation of various machines and checked the factory with the officials. She also planted saplings at the scene.

In February 2016, GVMC had reached an agreement with JIFT (Jindal Infrastructure Urban Infrastructure Limited) for the project. As of December 2018, GVMC had leased 17.08 acres of land to Kapuluppada for a period of 25 years. According to the agreement, GVMC will supply 900-1000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) collected from various households at the facility daily and will also bear the cost of transportation. The company would produce 15 MW of electricity from solid waste. Discom will obtain electricity from the plant.

The WTE plant had already missed a few deadlines in the start of its operations. The recent deadline was March 2021 and it was delayed due to the second wave of COVID-19. The lockdown, the unavailability of workers and a few other issues delayed civil works at the plant.

GVMC chief engineer Ganesh Kumar and JIFT staff were present.

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