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Coimbatore Corporation to consider waste to energy proposal

According to reports, the Coimbatore Corporation will, in the next few days, hold a meeting to consider a proposal to generate electricity out of waste.

The decision to hold the meeting with Mayor S.M. Velusamy, Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy and other senior officials, follows the proposal put forward by a Mumbai-based firm.

Mr. Ponnusamy told The Hindu that the firm has told the Corporation that it was willing to invest in a plant to generate electricity and all that it needed was waste of 200 metric tonnes a day, the money to only transport the waste and nothing more.

Mr. Ponnusamy said that the Corporation was in a position to easily meet the demands of the firm as far as the supply of waste and monetary aspects were concerned.

It was also, prima facie, happy with the technology because the firm had claimed that electricity generation would be smoke-free, odour-free.

But what concerned the Corporation was the agreement it had with the contractors at the Vellalore dump yard, the Coimbatore Integrated Waste Management Company Private Ltd.

The latter was in charge of transporting the waste from the transit stations to the yard in Vellalore, segregating and then processing the waste.

The agreement the Corporation had with the Company was only for 450 tonnes a day.

At the present, garbage collection of around 800 tonnes a day, the Corporation would be in a position to not only satisfy the company but also the firm for electricity generation.

But what the Corporation needed to work out was the transportation of the waste.

It was precisely for this and a few other issues that the meeting had been called.

At the meeting, the contractor, the firm and the Corporation were expected to thrash out the issues.

Commissioner Mr. Ponnusamy also said that the Corporation had already provided for generating electricity from waste at its 2012-13 budget and had obtained the Council’s approval.

The Mumbai firm’s offer to the Corporation comes close on the heels of the Pune visit of a few Corporation officials to study the electricity generation project, executed by the Pune Municipal Corporation.

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