Work in progress at the Adityapur auto cluster on Thursday. Picture by Animesh Sengupta
Decks have finally been cleared for starting construction of the hazardous waste management facility, one of the three components of the ambitious Rs 65-crore auto cluster project, in Adityapur in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
Adityapur Auto Cluster Limited (AACL), a special purpose vehicle formed to develop infrastructure in the industrial town, has got the go-ahead from the Union ministry of forest and environment to set up the plant at an estimated cost of Rs 12 crore.
With a capacity to treat around 18,000 metric tonnes of solid waste per annum, the unit will cater to more than 800 industrial units in Adityapur industrial area.
Work will begin soon.
ďWe have decided to go ahead with the project after the Union ministry of forest and environment recently gave a nod,Ē confirmed managing director of AACL R.K. Sinha.
Another official added: ďA 25-acre plot has already been earmarked at Dugni village, where the waste treatment facility will come up. The plot will be leased to a selected developer-cum-operator that will build and run the plant for a period of 30 years.Ē
Speaking about the common effluent treatment plant, another key component of the cluster project, Sinha said it would start functioning by the end of this month.
The common effluent treatment plant is being set up at an estimated cost of Rs 10-12 crore on 12 acres in the industrial area.
Once functional, it will treat liquid waste generated by micro, small and medium enterprises of Adityapur before it is discharged into Kharkai river. It will also supply recycled water to the industrial units for reuse.
At present, the river is exposed to about 5 million litres of liquid waste generated daily by industries in Adityapur.
As for the Rs 42-crore-tech lab, the most important part of the auto cluster cluster, construction work is almost over. It is expected to be commissioned within a month.