This plant can process all types of plastic, petroleum sludge, unsegregated municipal solid waste, wood, plywood, e-waste, sunmica, organic waste, and rubber. Waste generated from carriage workshop, coaching depot at Bhubaneswar and railway station will be feeder material for this plant
October 01, 2019. By News Bureau
The East Coast Railway's (ECoR) Carriage Repair Workshop at Mancheswar has announced that it will have a scrap to energy plant in the workshop. It is first of its kind in the Indian Railways and third in the country.
ECoR general manager Vidhya Bhushan laid foundation stone for the plant which will convert waste products especially scraps of the workshop to energy. Estimated cost of the plant is Rs 2 crore. It will come up by January end next year.
Manas Poddar, chief workshop manager, Carriage Repair Workshop Mancheswar, said a large amount of scrap is generated from their workshop daily. They send it for landfill due to lack of any proper method of disposal. “But now we have a patented technology ‘Polycrack’ process to get energy from the scrap (excluding iron and glass items) and save environment,” he added.
Poddar said the plant has a catalytic converter and it converts the waste materials into light diesel oil, gas, carbon powder and water. “We will sell light diesel oil, use gas and water in our workshop and make carbon powder into bricks. Good thing is we will not get any waste from this process,” he added.
This plant can process all types of plastic, petroleum sludge, unsegregated municipal solid waste, wood, plywood, e-waste, sunmica, organic waste and rubber. Waste generated from carriage workshop, coaching depot at Bhubaneswar and railway station will be feeder material for this plant, said Poddar.
Waste as collected can be directly fed into polycrack without pre-segregation. Waste is processed and reformed within 24 hours. The plant requires less area compared to the conventional method of processing. It is fully automated and does not emit any hazardous pollutants into the atmosphere, said ECoR sources.
The ECoR will spend around Rs 25 lakh per annum as operational cost. It will earn around Rs 10 to 12 lakh per annum from the plant. Capacity of the plant is 500kg waste per day.
Poddar said this is the first plant in Indian Railways and third in India. The first plant is a small one with capacity of 50 kg/day set up at Moti Bagh, Delhi, and the second one is set up by Infosys at Bangalore, he added.
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