Operation of waste-to-energy plant delayed

Kathmandu, November 22

Although the waste-to-energy plant at Teku transfer station is ready to start full-fledged operation, the delay in formal inauguration of the project has stalled its operation.

The Kathmandu Metropolitan City is waiting for the prime minister to inaugurate the project.

Spokesperson for KMC Gyanendra Karki said they had completed all preparations to start full-fledged operation of the plant. “KMC wants both the waste-to-energy plant and new Sajha buses to be inaugurated by the prime minister.

Hence, the delay in the launch of both the projects. KMC has purchased 30 new disabled-friendly buses to operate in Kathmandu Valley. The newly imported Sajha buses had acquired route permit to ply Valley roads on Wednesday last week.

Sajha Yatayat had proposed four routes to operate buses in Kathmandu Valley to the Department of Transport Management a month ago.

According to KMC office, the 14 kilowatt electricity produced by the waste-to-energy plant will be used by the KMC office. KMC is planning to replicate the project in other municipalities if the one-year pilot project succeeds.

KMC hopes that the waste-to-energy project will make waste management in Kathmandu Valley easier.

Besides generating power, the KMC also plans to produce 96 kg gas, 300 kg bio-organic fertiliser, and 13,500 litres of purified water daily from the garbage collected at the Teku transfer station.