Herald: Saligao garbage plant completes successful year
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Saligao garbage plant completes successful year

31 May 2017 06:04am IST
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31 May 2017 06:04am IST

PANJIM: One year since operations began, the State’s ultra-modern garbage treatment plant at Saligao plateau has processed around 40,000-50,000 tonnes of waste, and produced electricity which has been supplied to the grid besides being used for captive purposes.

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PANJIM: One year since operations began, the State’s ultra-modern garbage treatment plant at Saligao plateau has processed around 40,000-50,000 tonnes of waste, and produced electricity which has been supplied to the grid besides being used for captive purposes.

The state-of-the-art facility, costing Rs 146 crore, was inaugurated by then Defence Minister and incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on May 30, last year. 

Considering the success of the plant, claimed to be one of its kinds in Asia, the government intends to set up three more such plants at Bainguinim, Curca and Verna industrial estate, and has drawn the attention of other States

The waste from 25 different panchayats located in the coastal belt of North Goa is being treated at this plant, which is being run by Hindustan Waste Treatment Private Limited (HWTPL). Apart from the fresh waste, the garbage dump lying at Saligao plateau is also being treated and cleared off. The beach garbage is also being taken to this plant for processing.

“We are receiving around 110-120 tonnes of garbage every day which is being treated regularly. We are operational all 364 days,” Ganesh Kandaswamy, General Manager (Design and Engineering) said. 

The officials at the plant stated that the flow of garbage which was marginal initially has increased and during the tourism season it was at a peak.

As an important step, the plant which was generating power for captive use began supplying it to the grid since April 17, which is a milestone in Goa’s history. The plant is generating 8000 units of power, of which 4500 kW is used within the plant while 3500kW is supplied to the state. 

Kandaswamy said the plant has capacity to generate additional power if more organic waste is available. “We have one more engine which can be put into action if we require to generate more power,” he said.

Presently, the plant generates 340kW an hour, over 7000kW on a daily basis. The government will pay HWTPL for the 3500kW at the rate of Rs 2.4 per unit.

Goa Waste Managemnent Corporation Director Michael Lobo said the plant is the best thing to have happened to Goa. “The plant has proved that it can not only handle garbage but also provide green electricity,” he said.

He added, “Other state ministers are visiting the plant and want to replicate the model in their state and that I feel is our big achievement.  We need two more such plants in Goa and then we can call Goa garbage free.”

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