MC proposes new plant for garbage processing

Part of city waste not accepted by existing plant at Dadumajra

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:September 19, 2013 2:29 am

In order to process the garbage in the city that is not being accepted by the existing garbage-processing plant,the municipal corporation is proposing to install a biomethanation plant. Apart from processing the garbage,the plant would also produce electricity.

The proposal is being mooted after the councillors visited a similar plant set up by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai. The report is likely to be taken up in the meeting of the General House,scheduled for September 23.

The existing garbage processing plant at Dadumajra does not accept a variety of waste material including horticulture waste,waste from hotels as well as the waste from mandis. With this being taken to the dumping ground,it is filling up fast. Land in the city is already limited. The attempts to find alternate sites for dumping waste have not proven to be successful.

It was decided that some alternative methods need to be looked into. A few days back,some of the councillors,along with some officials visited the biomethanation plant. The cost of setting up a 5-tonne plant is Rs 75 lakh. The plant converts the waste into 80 per cent methane and 20 percent carbon dioxide. Electricity is then produced.

Councillor Arun Sood,who had visited the plant in Mumbai,said that it would help solve the problem of waste management in the city. “There is a lot of waste that is not accepted by the garbage-processing plant. To tackle this problem,a different plant is required. The report would be tabled in the meeting of the House and a discussion on the issue held,” he said.

Attempts have been made to look for alternate space for dumping garbage. Chandigarh had also approached Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) for having a combined dumping ground with Mohali. However,the proposal was turned down.

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