After six years,Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) has decided to discontinue its practice of burying slaughterhouse waste and instead build an advanced facility to dispose of the waste. Interestingly,the facility will be a zero-waste plant and it will generate bio-gas and manure.
The standing committee of the civic body on Friday cleared a proposal of the health department to set up a bio-gas plant in Gajarawadi area or in some other location. The plant will use carcass waste and waste generated by slaughterhouses and hotels to produce methane and manure. The department has decided to award the contract of installing the plant to Avni Enterprise of Mumbai after following due process.
The proposed plant will use aerobic and unaerobic digestion technology to process the waste. The technology has been developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) specifically to dispose of urban waste, deputy municipal commissioner (health),R K Sugoor told The Indian Express.
In aerobic digestion,the chemical reaction takes place in the presence of oxygen while in unaerobic digestion,the chemical reaction happens in the absence of oxygen. The proposed plant will have two-stage aerobic and unaerobic digestion and the process will generate methane.
The plant will produce 15kg of methane per metric ton of bio waste. We are yet to decide if the gas will be flared or bottled and put to some other use whereas the manure can be used in gardens maintained by VMC, Sugoor further said.
The civic body runs a slaughterhouse house in Panigate area and the city generates around two metric tons of carcass waste per day.
This will be first-of-its-kind plant in the state and the civic body has planned to spend Rs 1.17 crore over the next three yeas on it.