MCI seeks land to start ‘waste to energy plant’ project

The much-trumpeted idea of installing waste-to-energy plant in the federal capital after its complete success in Punjab may not help the civic authority to handle the total generated trash of capital with temporary landfill for another year due to its (project) snail’s pace.
The Metropolitian Corporation of Islamabad (MCI), linking the beauty of the capital with installing waste to energy plant said it is fully prepared to materialize the project but it required a land to go ahead with the idea of recycling the all trash of the city by producing some electricity.
The project (waste-to-energy plant) worth Rs one billion have a capacity to recycle over 800 tonns garbage of the capital’s all area including its suburban, said the Project Director Qazi Omer.
The department had completed the paper work on the project and had to install two plants having capacity to convert 1,000 tons of garbage into 14 mega watt of electricity, he claimed.
Each power plant had the capacity to produce 350 killo watt after recycling one tonns garbage, Qazi added.
The plants, the Director said, were now awaiting a final place, besides the private investors to construct them on Build-Operate-Transfer basis.
Fearing the uncertainty for finalization of the place he said, earlier the CDA had allotted sector I-17 for materializing the project some months later the sector was approved as medical city for NUMS by a cabinet meeting of the previous government.
Capital Development Authority (CDA) Director Sanitation Sardar Khan Zimri said the plants would play a significant role bring down the littering in the capital to zero level and provide the capital’s a civilized look.
Some foreign companies had contacted the department and expressed a desire to build the plants on BOT and would charge 10 to 12 US dollars for converting one ton garbage into energy.
The companies would sell the electricity to National Electric Power Regulatory Authority at a fix rate of 10.5 per cent, he added.
Responding to a query, he said, he recently informed the high-ups through a letter about the lack of resources required to dispose off the gradually increasing waste.
He communicated to CDA members planning and administration on august, 27 through a letter and apprised them about over-loaded landfill site at I-12. He urged the competent authorities to come up with permanent solution of handling the over 700 tons of per day garbage.—APP

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