Kozhikode WTE plant: UDF councillors ask corporation to 'blacklist' contractor

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Kozhikode: A complaint was filed before Kozhikode Corporation requesting to blacklist Sonda Infratech Private Limited, a private entity contracted to implement the 'waste-to-energy plant' (WTE) in Kozhikode's Njaliparambu.

UDF councillors, who filed the complaint before the Corporation secretary, alleged that the company failed to deliver its promise in going forward with the project.

In 2019, Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation, Local Self-Government Institutions and Sonda Infratech Private Limited signed a contract to set up a plant to produce electricity using wastes collected from Kozhikode Corporation and Koyilandy, Feroke, Kadalundi, Olavanna, and Kunnamangalam grama panchayats.

Sonda also constituted a company, 'Malabar Waste Management Pvt Ltd'. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the project. However, after four years, the company is yet to complete even the biomining procedures.

As per the contract, Rs 7.5 crore is the estimated cost for the project. Kozhikode Corporation has already disbursed Rs 2.5 crore for the same. Meanwhile, the company renewed the contract by citing weather anomalies, Covid-19 and other issues as reasons for the delay.

The opposition councillors demanded action after the company tried to renew the contract, which ended on November 15, 2022.

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