IIT-B team designs mechanism to release methane

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Feb 05, 2016 18:54 IST
File photo of IIT Bombay building. (Agencies)

The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) may now have a solution for the Deonar dumping ground fire.

A team from the institute has designed a mechanism which can help capture the combustible methane gas that has been stoking the fire. It has now designed a gas well with perforated pipes that will trap methane and then release into the air rather. The team hopes this will ensure fires aren’t stoked by the methane trapped inside the waste.

Samajwadi corporator Rais Shaikh approached the institute to suggest interventions to control the frequent fires at the landfill. “I have submitted the design to civic body and had also asked if they have any other technique or plan in place to trap the methane,” he said.

The fire department, meanwhile, has been struggling to control the fire. “We excavated the garbage using poclain machines and then sprayed magnesium chloride (hydrant). Owing to trapped heat, fire kept burning in a few pockets,” said PS Rahangdale, chief fire officer.

Shaikh has also demanded an inquiry against the civic solid waste management department.

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