After considering abandoning the waste treatment plant for which a study trip to Germany, Austria and Italy was carried out in 2006, the municipality is expected to undertake another trip to âstudyâ the feasibility of the power plants. for energy recovery from waste.
The committee that was formed to decide on the garbage issue in Chandigarh met on Tuesday after seven companies came forward in the expression of interest called by the civic body. The civic body has now decided to close the existing factory in Dadumajra and have a factory that will convert all of the city’s waste into energy.
Committee member Sat Prakash Aggarwal said they will hold another meeting to decide on places to visit to study the plant’s procedure. âThe locations have not yet been decided. But before having such a big project, it is imperative for us to see such plants settle elsewhere. Although a similar factory is located in Noida, UP, we are also looking for the best ones that are set up in foreign countries where we can go and see once.
Aggarwal added that they aimed to get “the best factory in the world for Chandigarh”. By the next meeting, a list of foreign countries with such factories would be presented to the committee to decide the issue.
Congressman Subhash Chawla pointed out that foreign trips to Germany, Austria and Italy had already been made in the past for a factory they decided to close. âThey should first see the presentations of the companies that have come forward and only then should they decide,â said Chawla.
Another committee member, councilor named Surinder Bahga, said the waste-to-energy project would benefit the city as it will produce 4 megawatts of electricity. In addition, the land required for the establishment of the plant is less.
âThe existing waste treatment plant sits on nearly 10 acres of land, whereas for such a power plant we only need 2.5 acres. So we can also save land that can be used for other purposes, âBahga said, adding that 100 tonnes would generate one megawatt of electricity. About 400 tonnes of garbage would be converted daily.
The committee also discussed the list of ten consultants that was provided by the Indian government after all the verifications.
âAs these factories are set up at a cost of between Rs 300 and 700 crore and MC cannot afford as much, we decided that we would provide land to the company who could set up the factory at their own expense and that ‘it could then generate income by selling electricity for Rs 7.90 per unit,’ added the appointed adviser.
Former Sanitation Committee Chairman Chandramukhi Sharma said: âWe are now in the same place where we were ten years ago. In addition, it is not necessary to go abroad to see their plants. There is a huge difference in the composition of the waste – humidity, etc. foreign countries and that of India. And during my time too, I had mentioned that advisers don’t have any technical knowledge so what’s the point of a study trip.