The RDF power project, which was based on the concept of recycling and producing power from garbage is delayed due to lack of funds.
The much hyped RDF power project, which recycles and produces power from garbage, continues to be in limbo. The project which was supposed to be started in March is lagging behind due to the lack of co-ordination between the Central, State governments and GHMC due to non-release of funds.
GHMC being one of the stakeholders for the power project should be supplying 700 tonnes of garbage for producing 11 megawatts of power generation each day. In return, RDF would be paying Rs.25 per tonne of garbage to the Corporation. But the deadlock persists, as the GHMC failed to release the funds amounting to Rs.2.68 crore as per the agreement. According to the officials, the delay in providing its share by GHMC has made the banks to hold funding of the project, in terms of loan that would have been functional by now with `10 crore.
The Central government team, which had already examined the progress of project, has also delayed release of subsidised funds for it. This is being cited as one of the major reasons for GHMC’s reluctance in releasing the funds of Rs.2.68 crore. “GHMC officials have decided that they would not release the funds until the Central government fulfills its obligations by releasing the subsidy,” said a higher official from, solid waste management wing.
Estimated at Rs.84 crore in 2009, the revised estimates now stand at Rs.114 crore for the same project functioning in the land spread over 26 acres at Bibinagar.
With authorities reluctant to release the funds, the much talked power projects that would have provided some relief to current power shortage, will continue to be in deadlock for more time, even as the ever increasing garbage problem will continue to haunt the administration and will be a source of disease.