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Web Exclusive | July 2013

Biogas plant to light up Connemara market in T'puram

In Thiruvananthapuram, the biogas plant under construction at Connemara Market at Palayam, considered the largest waste-to-energy plant to be installed within the city Corporation limits, is about to become operational. The Corportation's Welfare Standing Committee Chairman Palayam Rajan said that the plant would begin working on trial from next week. The waste-to-energy plant can process two tonnes of waste a day and will yield five kilowatts of power.

The project cost of Rs30 lakh is borne by the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project.The plant was intended to come up at Kalippankulam on the city outskirts, but local people were up in arms against it. People in the area welcomed the plant. Discussions are still on regarding how the electricity generated will be utilised.

The area Councillor Rajan said around 50 light emitting diode (LED) lights could be installed in the market. Administrative sanction had also been granted for a project to install two LED high-masts within the market, utilising the MLA fund of Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar. Poorly lit premises have been a major grouse of vendors in the market.

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