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The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) recently signed an integrated solid waste management project deal with Hyderabad-based Ramky Group to maintain the 60-acre fruits and vegetables market in the Koyambedu Wholesale Market Complex (KWMC) and the biomethanation facility to generate power from organic waste.

The deal aims to remove 150 to 180 metric tonnes of garbage per day from around 3, 500 shops in the area. The project, the first of its kind in the country, will be in place for the next 12 years and the partial commencement will be in the next three months.

Ramky will maintain the complex and the 250 kw power plant that uses the organic waste to generate power through biomethanation.

The garbage will be segregated as biodegradable and non-biodegradable. The biodegradable waste will be used to make fertilisers while the non-biodegradable will be dumped at the Kodingayur dumpyard. The recycled waste will be used to generate electricity. The plant was established by the CMDA at a total project cost if Rs 5.50 crore.

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