According to reports, after several unsuccessful attempts to go in for a waste-to-energy project in the past, Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has finally firmed up a plan to set up a bio-methanation plant to produce power from organic waste generated from Gandhi Market.
The Corporation Council recently approved a proposal to set up the bio-methanation plant at Ambedkar Nagar and hand over the project to a Pune-based company on a turn-key basis.
The project, to be set up on build-operate-transfer basis, will have a capacity to process about five tonnes of organic (vegetable) waste from Gandhi Market every day. The bio-methanation gas-cum-power plant is to be set up at a cost of Rs. 90 lakh.
According to Corporation sources, the plant will be able to generate about 450 units of power a day.
The civic body proposes to utilise the power for operating some of its sewage pumping stations and streetlights. The company will operate and maintain the plant for a period of seven years before handing it over to the corporation.
The city on an average generates about 436 tonnes of solid waste every day.
Of this, 416 tonnes are estimated to be collected and removed to the garbage dumps. Gandhi Market, one of the biggest markets in the State, generates about 40 tonnes of organic solid waste every day, including vegetable, fruit, and meat wastes.
Over the past decade, the corporation had drawn similar plans at least twice but they failed to take off.
In 2007, the civic body had explored the possibility of roping in an Italian company as technology partner for setting up the power plant.
Corporation officials had then said that a study conducted by Anna University had indicated that nearly 2.5 to 3 mega watt of power could be produced from the solid waste generated in the city.
The latest initiative, though on a smaller scale, could help the corporation save about Rs. 90.70 lakh by using the power generated from the unit for a period of seven years, officials said.