Thiruvananthapuram: The first septage treatment plant project at Brahmapuram, conceived to resolve the waste disposal issues in Kochi as well as the neighbouring municipalities and panchayats, is ready for launch.
Urban Affairs Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali will dedicate the plant to the State on Saturday (December 19). Fisheries and Ports Minsiter K Babu and PWD Minister Ibrahim Kunju will also grace the function.
The plant was set up following a Supreme Court order to install Septage Treatment Plants across districts to address the growing issues of managing and processing the solid waste. Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP), under the Urban Affairs Ministry, Kerala, had been appointed the nodal agency for this project.
The plant has the capacity to process 100 cubic meter of waste on a daily basis – it can process over 5000 metres of solid waste that is brought in and deposited by over 20 tankers from across the corporations and neighbouring municipalities and panchayats. The total cost of setting up of the plant including the maintenance cost for the next five years is to the tune of Rs.4.24 crore.
The waste that reaches the plant is pumped in pre-determined quantities for treatment initially and then for aeration, sedimentation, filtration and chlorination process. The water that comes out of the treatment is then taken through a process to determine its purity based on the standards set by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board.
The water processed is suitable for irrigation whereas the waste processed in the plan is suitable to use as manure for agriculture. Clean Kerala Company, under the Urban Affairs ministry, has been given the responsibility to ensure collection of waste and bringing it to the Brahmapuram plant.
Work has already begun for a similar plant to be set up at the Cochin Port Trust and the plan is underway to set up similar solid waste treatment plants across the state by the state government confirmed Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali.
The project will be implemented state-wide with the support from local self government bodies, Suchitwa Mission, Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, and Panchayats, added the Minister. The Septage Treatment plant has been successfully completed by Thiruvalla-based ABG Engineering.