Organic waste from the city will soon be converted into electricity under a pilot project proposed by the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation.
The civic body has decided to convert 10 tonnes of the waste into power with the foundation stone of the bio-methanation plant to be laid at Industrial Area Phase 1 at the month-end.
Initially, the entire waste of nearly five tonnes from the Sector 26 grain market would be treated at the bio-methanation plant that would be ready within three months. The city generates 70 tonnes of organic waste.
The electricity produced would be used to power 100 streetlights for 10 hours from 5 tonnes and 200 streetlights from 10 tonnes.
Last year, an MOU was signed with the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre for setting up two bio-methanation plants in the city. One plant for which Rs 95 lakh has been deposited with BARC would be of five tonne capacity. The cost includes operation and maintenancecost for three years.
“The idea was taken from a hill station Matheran near Mumbai where these plants were put up. Once the organic waste is converted into methane, it not only can be converted into electricity but also be filled in the gas cylinders or be used for generators to generate electricity,” said MC joint commissioner Rajiv Gupta.
“As the plant will be ready within three months, we will first put the entire waste of grain market and then domestic waste, such as cooked vegetables,” added Gupta.
Chandigarh slipped from top to 22 in its ranking in the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan. The MC has been striving hard to study the solid waste management in a detailed manner.
The city generates 370 metric tonnes of waste daily of which 270 metric tonnes goes to garbage processing plant in Dadumajra. On a daily basis, MC lifts garbage from around 190 bins.