HDMC plans to set up 80-tonne biomethanation plant - EntornoInteligente
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Hubballi: The Hubballli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation ( HDMC ) is planning to set up a biomethanation plant with a capacity of 80 tonnes per day at one of its dumping yards under the Union government’s Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative. It has requested Union minister Pralhad Joshi to persuade government-owned oil and gas companies to help in the establishment of the plant. HDMC commissioner Suresh Itnal told TOI that the civic body is expecting a confirmation from Joshi, who, he said, has assured all possible help. The civic body has decided to follow the Indore model where biomethanation plants are running successfully. The existing biomethanasation plant with 3-tonnes capacity per day has stopped functioning due to some technical reasons. The civic body made several efforts in the past to generate energy from waste. Some years ago, a team of HDMC corporators and experts visited Pune and got first-hand information about the functioning of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s waste to energy plant to set up a similar one in the twin cities. However, the project did not materialise. HDMC SWM wing executive engineer Vijaykumar R said a state-owned oil and gas company will set up the plant at a cost of around Rs 36 crore. He said compressed bio-gas can be used as an alternative, renewable automotive fuel. Besides, the plant generates compost as an end-product which can be used in agricultural fields. “There is one more possibility. An entrepreneur can set it up and the HDMC earn 50% of his revenue, as we will provide land, water and electricity,” he said. Vijaykumar said the plant can solve the problem of disposing of bulk waste, which is mainly organic waste, generated through bulk waste generators such as hotels, marriage halls and vegetable and fruit markets.
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