The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is planning to complete construction works on the 15 megawatt waste-to-energy plant by this December. As the Swachh Survekshan team would visit the city in January, 2021 for direct observation, the GVMC wants to achieve five-star rating under certifications category by completing the works of this plant, which is coming up in the premises of Kapuluppada dumping yard, by then.
After the GVMC entered into an in-principle MoU with the Jindal Group during the Partnership Summit in January 2016, both the parties signed a concession agreement in February 2016. The GVMC will shoulder the responsibility of delivering 950 metric tonnes of waste on a daily basis for the plant. The Andhra Pradesh Eastern Power Distribution Company Limited (APEPDCL) will procure power from the plant for 25 years.
The total area available at Kapuluppada site is about 110 acres. Apart from the plant area, the GVMC allotted some land for the scientific landfill. According to experts, scientific landfill is one of the best suitable options for disposal of inert residues generated from the waste to energy plant. The process of land filling involves scientific disposal of waste in an eco-friendly manner to protect the environment.
GVMC additional commissioner Dr V Sanyasi Rao said that the private agency, which is developing the waste to energy plant, is asked to deliver the project by this December.