Astonfield may drop plans for solid waste plant

The Hindu-Business Line 2009-07-30, Kolkata

Astonfield Renewable Resources Ltd. may drop its plan to put up a solid waste based 54 MW power plant in the city if the Kolkata Municipal Corporation fails to provide within next three months 30 acres of land to be required for the project.

The proposed power plant, to be implemented on BOT basis, is estimated to cost Rs. 600 crore and to bring a long term solid waste management solution for the city currently producing a little over 3200 tonnes of waste daily.

"We are waiting for land for more than two years now and have held so far not less than 50 meetings with the civic as well as the State administration in this regard. We may call it quits if land is not available latest by October," Mr. Sourabh Sen, Co-chairman of Astonfield, told newspersons here on Wednesday.

According to Mr. Sen, the project, as desired by the civic authorities, was designed to handle up to 4,200 tonnes of garbage a day, higher than the current waste disposal rate.

Kolkata is currently dumping its spreading around 500 acres at Dhapa in the Ramsar site of East Kolkata Wetlands,. As the city’s waste disposal rate is increasing at an exponential rate vis-à-vis the crisis of dumping ground in and around the city, need for a viable solution is long felt.

It is in this direction attempts are being for last one decade to set up a waste based power plant.