Kathmandu, November 17
Kathmandu Metropolitan City is preparing to inaugurate power generation from its Teku-based waste-to-energy plant within a week.
It is also preparing to launch the recently imported new Sajha buses simultaneously.
After months-long preparations, the KMC successfully finished test generation at the waste-to-energy plant. Similarly, 30 new Sajha buses imported by the KMC at the cost of Rs 100 million are also all set to ply roads in Kathmandu Valley.
According to the KMC, both the projects would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal. KMC Spokesperson Gyanendra Karki said all preparations to start electricity generation from the waste-to-energy plant had been completed.
He said the new Sajha buses were also ready to hit the streets.
“We are just waiting for the prime minister to inaugurate both the projects,” Karki told THT. He, however, said the inauguration date had not been fixed as they had yet receive confirmation from the Office of the Prime Minister.
Newly imported Sajha buses got route permit to ply roads in Kathmandu Valley on Wednesday. Sajha Yatayat had proposed four routes to operate buses in Kathmandu Valley. Among them is completely new.
According to KMC, the waste-to-energy plant will generate 14 kilowatts electricity, which will be used by the KMC office. The KMC is planning to replicate the project in other municipalities if the one-year pilot project succeeds.
KMC hopes the waste-to-energy project will make waste management in Kathmandu Valley easier.
It said the project was just a preliminary effort to produce electricity from waste. 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.
A version of this article appears in print on November 18, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.