Civic body ward of­fice uses bio gas in can­teen

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI/STATE -

Many Bri­han­mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) ward of­fices along with the HQ has failed to start any mech­a­nism to man­age waste till now. But that’s not the case with the civic body’s Parel of­fice (F south ward), which in 2016 adopted the biomethane process to pro­duce gas out of its kitchen wet waste. And suc­cess­fully car­ry­ing the process even to­day.

Parshu­ram Kurhade, As­sis­tant En­gi­neer of Solid Waste Man­age­ment of Parel ward re­marked that it costs them Rs. 35,000 to set up a plas­tic biomethane ma­chine in the premise of their ward of­fice which suc­cess­fully gives half kilo­gram of kitchen gas, the quan­tity suf­fi­cient for one fam­ily. The ma­chine was given by Non Govern­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGOs). Hence, no money has been spent on it by the civic body.

He even stated that 5kgs of wet waste is put into the biomethane plas­tic ves­sel ev­ery­day and in turn half kg of gas is pro­duced. The one stove of biomethane gas can be used for four hours a day. Civic of­fi­cials said, “BMC has planned to start a biomethani­sa­tion plant at Sewri Hospi­tal, where all small ho­tels wet waste would be taken to gen­er­ate kitchen gas. A ten­der for same has also been floated.” Also the ward has many old chawls. Hence, BMC has set up com­post­ing pits and are suc­cess­fully man­ag­ing waste from 14,000 houses which pro­duces around 6.5 met­ric tonnes.

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