Garbage power

Published: Friday 31 December 1999

India will soon have its first-ever power plant using solid waste as fuel in Perungudi town in Tamil Nadu. The Rs 15-crore plant will require 800 tonnes of solid garbage every day to produce power at full capacity (15 megawatt). The plant's operation is not expected to have any adverse effects on the environment as there will be no emissions of noxious gases. Proper arrangements have also been made to dispose of the byproduct -- ash. The work on the project was undertaken by Australian-based company Energy Development Limited. According to the Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation, the plant will begin operations in the next few weeks.

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