An integrated automated waste and recyclable segregation plant in the Gujarat International Finance & Tec-City (GIFT City) Indias first smart city covering 886 acres in Gandhinagar has started operation.
Supplied by Swedish underground automated waste collection company, Envac, the automated waste collection system and recyclable segregation plant started operation at the beginning of April, 2015.
The developments completion date has been slated for between 2025 2028. Being built as the countrys first smart city, it will comprise 112 towers each ranging from 25 - 60 floors, residential and commercial zones, hospitals and schools and a trade centre.
By completion, Envac will handle the waste of the entire district, which is expected to be over 400 tonnes per day generated from GIFT Citys 25,000 apartments, 100,000 residents and a working population of over 500,000.
Each building will contain two chutes, which will feed in to one of seven on-site collection stations, covering organic waste and mixed recyclables.
Envac will also be responsible for sorting the mixed recyclables making GIFT City the first site in the world to introduce an Envac system that addresses every element of the waste collection process.
Talks are currently underway to include an onsite waste to energy plant.
Total investment for the two fraction automated underground waste system will be worth 50 million on completion, to become one of the largest automated underground waste systems in the world on completion, according to the company.
Ramakant Jha, managing director & group CEO at GIFT City, said: Being a smart city, most of the infrastructure we are developing will add value to the overall development and the automated waste collection system at city level will remove human interaction in the collection and disposal of waste.
Source: Waste Management World
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