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Noida plans to generate energy from waste
The authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway are working to set up a waste-to-energy plant — the district's first solid waste management plant 1 by 2016. The Rs 260-crore project, which aims to promote non-conventional energy and generate renewable power, will treat nearly 1,000 tonnes of waste generated by the district every day and is expected to be ready by 2016.
Despite an annual budget of over Rs 100 crore and 1,600 employees working to keep Noida clean, various city localities are facing waste disposal problem. Established nearly 40 years ago, the city is yet to have a land fill site to dispose the waste it generates.
"The tenders, floated for the fourth time, for an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) panel for the project has received a single bid from a consultant. The technical bid is being examined by our advisors and once we get their nod and approval from our tender committee, the consultant will be appointed," said Samakant Srivastava, PE (Outer) Noida, in-charge of the project. "A revised detailed project report will then be prepared for EIA clearance. We expect the plant to get ready in the next two years," he added.
According to officials, non-conventional energy sources have become all the more important in power-starved Uttar Pradesh. "The plan is to construct a state-of-art 10MW waste-to-energy plant and 5MW solar energy plant. The two plants will together generate energy worth Rs 100 crore, which will be sold to the power corporation," Srivastava said. "Within 5 years we aim to recover the project cost and also generate additional power without disturbing environment, with less than 10% reusable residue," he said.
Work is also on to harness energy from the city's two sewage treatment plants STPs. With IIT Roorkee already having given its nod, the project is awaiting final approval from the Authority's chairman and CEO, Rama Raman. "Once in place, the two STPs — 54MLD and 34MLD — will generate 8.10 lakh and 5.10 lakh units of power every year. The treated sewage will save nearly 19 lakh units of power every year," Srivastava said. The Rs 19-crore project is expected to be operational in the next six months.
Outlining the plan, officials said aim is to promote Noida as a green city, under which every city building will have solar panels to generate energy. "Solar panels atop a building on a 1,000 sqm plot will generate about 20kW power," Srivastava said.