Indian Railways Launches Waste-to-energy Conversion Plant In Bhubaneswar

With increasing concerns over climate change and waste management, Indian Railways have taken a novel initiative to open the country’s first waste-to-energy plant in Mancheswar Carriage Repair workshop at Bhubaneswar, under the East Coast Railway zone.

The plant was inaugurated by various dignitaries in the presence of GM, East Coast Railway on January 22. It has the capability of handling 500 kilograms of waste per day. Constructed in a timeframe of just three months, the plant is based on the patented technology called POLYCRACK.

“This Waste-to-energy plant, with a patented technology called POLYCRACK, is the first-of-its-kind in Indian Railways and fourth in India. It is the world’s first patented heterogeneous catalytic process which converts multiple feed-stocks into hydrocarbon liquid fuels, gas, carbon and water”, said the Ministry of Railways in a statement.

The plant caters to wastes of various kinds, including plastic, petroleum sludge, unsegregated municipal solid waste, automotive fluff, and organic waste. Through the heterogeneous process, it converts multiple feed-stocks into hydrocarbon liquid, fuels, gas, carbon, and water. The system being a closed-loop one does not emit any hazardous pollutants into the atmosphere.

The plant has been built at a cost of Rs 1.79 crore. The approximated income from the by-products of the plant stands at Rs 17.5 lakh per annum, with a maintenance cost of Rs 10.4 lakh per annum.