Talks with MERC on, Rochem plant may run at full capacity soon

PMC’s waste-to-green energy project with a 700-tonne capacity is processing only 250 tonnes of dry waste at present.

Pune | Published: February 21, 2014 5:47:24 am


Running at grossly below its capacity for months now, the waste-to-green energy project of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in Hadapsar is soon likely to process 700-tonne dry waste and generate 10 MW electricity every day.

While the project is processing only around 250 tonne dry waste per day as of now, its operating at full capacity is expected to heavily reduce the burden of disposing of the overall 1,400-1,500 tonne garbage generated in the city on a daily basis.

The project at Hadapsar is being run by Mumbai-based Rochem Separations Systems (India) Pvt Ltd on a build-operate-transfer basis and issues related to achieving its full efficiency were discussed at a meeting chaired by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to discuss the city’s garbage disposal issue last week.

Speaking to Newsline, Ruchir Sanghavi, head of the Rochem plant in Pune, said Pawar’s intervention had expedited talks with the state power utility authorities and a solution was in sight at the earliest.

“After Pawar’s intervention, we could hold two meetings with the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) authorities in quick time and another is lined up this week. We have already signed a power purchase agreement with the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL). Talks are in progress with the MERC for power tariff. We are hopeful that the formalities would be completed in a fortnight or so,” he said.

Sanghavi said after talks with MERC, grid connectivity would be permitted to the Rochem project at Hadapsar for electricity.

Sanjay Gawade from solid waste management wing of the PMC expressed hope that talks with Rochem Separations Systems (India) Pvt Ltd and the state power utility would end soon on a positive note.

Civic authorities said environmental concerns raised pertaining to the local Rochem project would get addressed once the plant got operational at full capacity.

Meanwhile, a joint meeting of the members of various political parties, PMC office-bearers, district administration officials and the villagers of Urali Devachi (where the garbage dumping site is located) to discuss time-bound action plan for garbage disposal could not take place on Wednesday. Officials said it would be held in the next few days.

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