To reduce the amount of waste reaching Mumbai’s dumping grounds, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to set up a bio-methanisation plant in its F-south ward office in Parel.
Bio-methanisation is a process in which micro-organisms convert organic material into biogas.
Initially, the civic body plans to use wet waste from TB hospital, ward office canteen and scores of restaurants in the ward.
“With the plant, our aim is to promote sustainable development and present an environment-friendly model that can be replicated across the city. The plant is in the planning stage. We want to make Parel a zero-garbage model ward,” said VP Mote, additional municipal commissioner, F-south ward.
No extra permission will be needed to set up the plant in the ward office, said Mote.
With at least four municipal hospitals located in the ward, the civic body aims to collect wet organic waste from all hospitals to ensure constant supply of waste.
According to the BMC’s initial survey, the TB hospital produces 10kg of waste daily.
The BMC currently has one bio-methanisation plant at Deonar slaughterhouse, which processes waste ranging between 7,000 and 8,000 kg daily. It has produced 1,000 units worth of electricity in a month.