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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Saligao plant has received mere 2500 tonnes of garbage in 50 days

In first 50 days of plant’s operation only 2510 tonnes of garbage received for treatment; almost 60% is from Calangute, other coastal panchayats show little or no interest; electricity generation estimated at 1 MW per day is just 0.17 MW per day

PANJIM: On May 30, Goa Statehood Day, the State government began operations at the much-awaited Solid Waste Management plant at Saligao plateau giving Goa a glimmer of hope to see garbage being finally treated in the State.
The plant, built at a cost of Rs 149.95 cr, has been designed to handle 300 tonnes of garbage in three shifts. However, considering Goa’s small size and low generation of waste, it will handle just 100 tonnes per day in one shift, which will produce 1 MW of power for the plant’s self reliance.
Unfortunately, while the State was up-in-arms for non-availability of a solid waste management plant, the excitement seems to have died down as the plant’s operators complain of insufficient garbage being delivered.
Information available with Herald reveals that the total amount of garbage accepted and treated at the plant up to July 20, 2016 is just 2510.79 tonnes.
Dividing the 50 days since the plant has been operational, this comes to just 50 tonnes per day, despite the plant also accepting waste from highways and beach cleaning contractors.
The less quantity of garbage also leads to lower generation of electricity for the plant’s self-sustenance.
A minimum of 100 tonnes of wet bio-degradable waste is required to generate a minimum of 0.4 MW of electricity. Unfortunately, power generated till July 28, 2016 is 35946 KW which is 8.9865 MW, (0.17 MW per day).
Most of the garbage received is from Calangute constituency which amounts to 1468.07 tonnes, which is almost 60 per cent of the garbage received.
Science and Technology Minister Alina Saldanha said that an average of 40 to 50 tonnes of garbage is being treated during trial runs. “The plant is based on extrusion material recovery, biomethanation and composting technology. The plant is designed to handle mixed as well as segregated waste and therefore no additional amount is incurred,” she said.
On the low amount of garbage received at the plant she said, the Solid Waste Management Cell of the Department of Science and Technology has commenced meetings with various panchayats in North Goa along with Goa State Pollution Control Board to discuss and ensure collection and transportation of waste to the plant.
Saldanha stated that this is just a stabilisation period of 90 days, from May 21, 2016 onwards and things would improve.

Herald Goa News

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