Proposed Achan waste-to-energy plant falls victim to official apathy

Like several multi-crore projects in Kashmir, the Rs 120-crore waste-to-energy project at Achan dumping site has fallen victim to official apathy.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had on 12 December 2017 asked the state government to set-up, within 18 months, the plant at Achan that would utilise biomass to generate 5 megawatts of power.

A senior Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) official said there has been no “forward movement” on this project even though the corporation had allotted the contract to a consortium in January 2018.

The authorities concerned are yet to sign power the purchase agreement (PPA) with the state government, which would have paved way for starting construction work.

Under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode, the plant is to be designed, developed and managed by the consortium of Highland Automobiles Private Limited, Key Stone Energy Limited, and Astrix at a cost of around Rs 120 crore. The entire cost is to be borne by the bidder that will earn from generation of power once it is commissioned.

The project is proposed to end crisis of solid waste management in Srinagar city, and to create a mechanism for low-cost waste management.

Commissioner SMC Khurshid Ahmad Sanai said he has asked the officials concerned about the details as he had joined recently.