Pune: Rochem plant to generate 1 Mw daily from garbage
The electricity generated at the Rochem garbage processing plant in Hadapsar will now be available for commercial use. From September, the plant is expected to generate around 1 MW electricity every day, out of which around 700 KW will be used to run the plant and the surplus of around 300 KW will be sold to the Maharashtra Sate Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL). The plant has been generating around 700 KM of electricity so far and got the approval to sell the surplus to the MSEDCL last month. "The per unit rates for electricity have also been decided. Other procedures will be finalized in a few months before the facility is made available for commercial use," said Ruchir Singhavi, a senior official at Rochem, while speaking on Monday.
The civic administration has asked the plant operators to speed up the process. "The key purpose of the plant is to generate electricity. As per the first contract, we were expecting the plant to become operational in 2012, but it got delayed due to some technical issues. Now that the rates have been approved by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC), we hope to start operations soon. We have asked the authorities concerned at the plant to speed up the work," said Suresh Jagtap, head of the Pune Municipal Corporation's (PMC) solid waste management department. Jagtap said at present, the plant processes around 200 tonne of garbage. "Once the plant starts generating electricity, it will process more garbage. This will help curb the garbage processing problem in the city," he said. The city generates around 1,600 tonne of garbage every day. The PMC gave the contract to Rochem to generate electricity from 700 tonne garbage every day in 2010.