Local Government and Urban Development Minister Botcha Satyanarayana said that effective waste disposal is key to achieving the goal of becoming a “clean Andhra Pradesh”.
The minister, together with the special chief secretary Y. Srilakshmi, the director of the city administration M. Mallikarjuna Naik, the district collector Vivek Yadav and the manager of the Swachh Andhra Corporation Sampath Kumar visited the works of the 15 MW Jindal Waste to Energy Plant in Obulunaiduvaripalem near Guntur on Thursday.
Prime Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is expected to practically inaugurate the plant soon.
The facility is the largest of its kind in the state, where 12 ULBs, including Guntur and Vijayawada Municipal Corporations, have signed a letter of intent with Jindal Ecropolis to process the solid waste and convert it into energy through incineration technology. The company has already signed an agreement with APSPDCL to provide electricity for 6.20 yen per unit.
The municipal company Guntur had allocated 15.50 hectares near the landfill yard and proposed that treated water from the Gfb.
MM Chary, project manager, said that work on the facilities and machinery was completed and the facility would be operational within 20 days of the substation integration and water supply connection.
“I would also like to remind the ULBs of the importance of segregating solid waste at the source, which is not happening. If the solid waste is not separated into dry and wet waste, the plant cannot be fully commissioned, ” said the minister.
The AP government signed a MoU with Jindal in February 2016, but work has been pending for the past two years. Swachh Andhra Corporation organized 720 vehicles for garbage transportation.