Technopark puts in place self-reliant waste management system

India’s largest IT Park is going green with a first-of-its-kind integrated and centralised waste management plant, set to be inaugurated on September 30.

Mr. P K Kunhalikutty, Minister for IT and Industries, Kerala will inaugurate Technopark’s eco-friendly Solid Waste Management System, which has had a successful five-month trial run at the 165 acre landscaped IT Park, in the presence of  Mr. Manjalamkuzhi Ali, Minister for Urban Affairs and Welfare of Minorities.

The IT hub, with 40,000 IT professionals, functions 24 hours, produces 3 tonnes of solid waste every day. The waste management project, which is in its first phase, disposes off the waste on the same day in an eco-friendly, economically viable manner.

 Technopark and the companies under it had been studying different waste management systems since December 2011; Technopark was convinced by and zeroed in on a flawless system practised by the CREDAI Clean City Movement.  The waste management system has two bio-gas plants, bio-bins and a plastic shredding unit.

“We were very keen to produce a mindset of reusing and recycling waste, instead of just creating more dumping sites,” said Mr.  K G Girish Babu. CEO of Technopark “And towards this end, we undertook training programmes to be able to embark on proper waste management procedures.”

The project started with sorting waste at source. Every company was provided with red, blue and green bins for different types of waste, and repeated campaigns and awareness programmes were conducted to make employees dispose off food, recyclables and non-recyclables in different bins. Technopark’s closed garbage trucks regularly pick up the bins and take it to the treatment plant.

Through the Integrated Rejection Management system of aerobic microorganism composting, 1,000 kg of organic waste is converted into fertiliser. Using the anaerobic digestion method, 2,000 kg of organic waste is converted into biogas through hydraulic pressure. The daily equivalent of 80 kg of Biogas produced in the two biogas plants is now used for the incinerator that burns non-recyclable waste materials like napkins, used tissues and paper cups.

Dry food waste and those with citric content are treated in bio-bins which convert the organic waste into fertilizer through an accelerated decay in 16 days. The fertiliser is used in the vegetable garden around the plant and all over in the campus. The recyclable plastic waste and cardboards are shredded and sold out.

Mr. Girish Babu averred, “The aim and one of the ground rules is also to ‘reduce, reuse, recycle and reject with respect’, and to avoid a sense of aversion towards waste management.”

Mr. Jiji Thomson IAS, Chief Secretary of Kerala, Mr. PH Kurian IAS, Principal Secretary to the Department of IT and Industries, Smt K Chandrika, Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Mayor, Mr. MA Vahid MLA, will attend the inaugural ceremony.

Technopark is all set for the next generation of infrastructure development with a Rs 1,200-crore ‘Downtown’ project taking off on Wednesday.

The IT Park will sign the framework agreement with US based Taurus Investment Holdings LLC USA in the presence of ShriOommen Chandy,Hon’ble Chief Minister,Shri P K Kunhalikutty, Minister for Industries and IT, Shri PH Kurian,Principal Secretary Industries & IT at the CM's conference hall in the Government Secretariat.

TwoIT buildings with a total of 1.8 million sq ft built-up area will be constructed in the 10 acre Special Economic Zone of Technopark's Phase 3 campus as part of the project. The framework also includes the development of another 9.73 acres in the non-SEZ commercial land for construction of offices, a retail mall, hotels, convention facilities, multiplexes and other utilities to support the existing and future activities of Technopark.

Also, discussions are underway to launch a world-class innovation hub, supported by global institutes and corporate partners, within Downtown Technopark.

“On completion, the project is expected to add on 20,000 additional direct employment opportunities within the Park, besides contributing to the overall development of the region," said Technopark CEO Shri KG GirishBabu.

The framework agreement will be signed among Mr Erik Rijnbout, President, Taurus Investment Holdings, LLC, Mr. Ajay Prasad, Country Managing Director of Taurus India and Mr. K.G.Girish Babu, CEO Technopark.

The first Phase will include approximately 15 Lakhs sq.ft. built up area of office.  An additional 9.4 lakhs sq.ft built up area office will be developed in the second phase.

With respect to the IT Support Infrastructure, 12 lakhs sq.ft.  of retail, social infrastructure and hospitality space will be developed in Phase 1 and a second hotel of 1.2 lakhs sq.ft. in Phase 2.

The first phase construction will be completed by mid- 2018 and the second phase constructions will be completed by 2020.

 
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