The state government is planning to revive a plant set up on the Hardoi Road for converting organic waste into electricity. The plant a dream project of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee is lying defunct since 2004.
In a meeting of the State Advisory Council held on Saturday,the Jal Nigam authorities were asked to look for ways to revive the project. As the solid waste management project is already being implemented in the state,the meeting discussed this similar project lying defunct on Hardoi Road, said Alok Ranjan,Principal Secretary (Urban Development).
The plant,meant for converting waste into electricity,was established at a cost of 76-crore and commissioned on December 11,2003. Chennai-based Asia Bio-Energy Limited was assigned the task to run the plant. But within a year,it was shut down as the private firm left the project reportedly due to lack of quality waste.
While the plant operator was demanding segregated biodegradable waste,the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) was supplying waste having a large quantity of non bio-degradable waste,said officials.
According to the agreement,the unit was to generate 5 MW of electricity from bio-degradable waste. But the quality of the waste emerged as the bone of contention between the firm and the LMC.
Sources in the LMC said the plant ran below its capacity,producing 0.5-1 MW of electricity throughout the year when it was operational. The unit was finally shut down in December 2004. The foundation stone of the project was laid by Vajpayee on November 28,1998.
The Jal Nigam has been asked to look for opportunities to revival the project. It is in a very initial stage. Very soon,we will hold meetings to select a private firm to operate the plant, said A K Srivastava,Managing Director of Jal Nigam.
Sources said that the government may approach the Asian-Bio Energy Limited for this job,as it has experience to run this plant. The other firm that may be considered is Jyoti Enviro-tech Private Limited it has been selected to implement the solid waste management project in Lucknow. It will be easy for the firm to run the plant as it is going to establish its processing plant and landfill site barely a few kilometres away from this site, said an official.
The state government will purchase the energy generated from the plant,said an official. Lucknow generates 1,400 metric tonnes of solid waste every day.