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Sewage water to generate power


Infrastructure services firm, Feedback Ventures will assist in the development of a Rs2000 crore 500MW coal-based thermal power plant near the city of Nagpur in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. The project is expected to provide the much-needed relief to people who are reeling under severe power shortage.

This unique project would not draw upon the scarce water resources of the Vidarbha region. “This is a first-of-its-kind project utilising water from the sewerage treatment plant of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). Else it is like any other coal based power project,” Shailesh Joshi, president, government consulting at the energy division of Feedback Ventures told Construction Week.

The NMC has engaged Feedback Ventures to assist in the pre-developmental activities such as technical studies, fuel linkages, environment clearance and selection of a private developer. The assignment is expected to be completed in 8-10 months. The implementation would be then handed over to the selected private developer.

“The selection criteria are likely to be broadly on the same lines as notified by the Ministry of Power, Government of India, under Competitive Bidding Guidelines for selection of a developer for power project (Case II) issued in January 2006,” said Joshi.

Valued at about Rs2000 crore, the proposed power plant is intended to be developed through public private partnership and is expected to be commissioned in the early period of the 12th Plan.

The land for the power plant would be made available by NMC close to its sewage treatment plant at Bandewadi, located about 10km from the city of Nagpur. The project could well act as a role model for other municipal corporations tackling the twin issues of power generation and water supply.

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