According to reports, eyeing a complete solution to Ponda’s garbage problem, the Ponda municipal council (PMC) has resolved to go ahead with a ‘Waste-to-Power’ plant at its plot at Kerye-Khandepar. PMC chairperson Radhika Nayak said the civic body will lease 10,000 sqm of land to a company to erect the plant and the total investment will be done by the consultant.
“The Rs 50-crore plant will be erected by the EAS consultants at their own cost and the company will recover the money by selling the bye-products such as construction ingots and power generated out of the waste to the state government,” the PMC chairperson said.
Nayak said that such plants are being used in countries like Japan and Hong Kong. The ‘Plasma Gasification and Melting Plant’ is environment-friendly and can treat unsegregated garbage between 10 metric tonnes to 50 metric tonnes per day. Ponda taluka generates about 12 metric tonnes of garbage per day, she said.
Ajay Gramopadhye, a consultant for the project, said that the technology of the project will be imported from Hong Kong while the structure will be prepared in India. The plant will generate about three megawatts of power per day and the power generated will be sold.
“We have already discussed about the plant with the chief minister and he has in-principle agreed to purchase the power. The plant will be erected in around six months after getting all clearances,” Gramopadhye said. Nayak revealed that the council has already written to Goa state pollution control board for environment clearance and to the directorate of municipal administration seeking permission to enter in a long-term contract with the consultant company.
PMC vice-chairperson Shantaram Kolvenkar said that the plant will solve the biggest problem of segregating garbage as it treats unsegregated garbage. It will take all types of garbage including construction debris, he explained.
“The project will be on a pilot basis for three years and if it is found during the three years that the project is not suitable for the town, the council will be free to ask them to wind it up,” PMC chairperson Nayak said.