The Jawahar Nagar dump yard which has been holding the solid waste of Hyderabadis will now host a waste to energy thermal plant. The 19.8 megawatt waste to energy plant will have a capital cost of Rs. 15 to Rs. 18 crores per megawatt.
The whopping rates were estimated by the Ramky Enviro Engineers who are the concessionaire for solid waste management in Hyderabad. The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs. 340 crores.
The dump yard has become an environmental hazard in the city. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has begun the capping process to contain the environmental impacts of uncontrolled waste dumping.
GHMC Mayor Bonthu Rammohan said the capping process and the waste to energy plant will make history. The area spread over 135 acres needs to be capped to avoid leakage of gases and odour. The capping process will also ensure the waste has zero contact with air.
Hyderabad will be the second city in India after Delhi to convert waste to energy. The plant is expected to start functioning by March 2019.