Hitting upon an innovative plan to collect kitchen waste from city hotels and process it at the Mulund dumping ground to generate electricity, the municipal corporation hopes to earn more than Rs 20 crore per annum.
There are more than 4,000 hotels and restaurants across the city.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to generate more than 6 crore units (around six megawatts) of electricity after processing 500 tonnes of kitchen waste collected from city hotels and sell it at Rs 7 per unit to either a state undertaking company or its sister concern, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking.
“The municipal corporation will earn a net profit of Rs3.50 per unit from the power generation,” said Bhalchandra Patil, chief engineer of the civic solid waste management department.
Currently, around 1,800 metric tonnes of garbage is dumped at the Mulund dumping ground, which is spread over 25 hectares of land.
Of the 25 hectares, 4 hectares of land will be used to generate power and the rest will be closed in a scientific manner.
The corporation plans to start this project only after the proposed Kanjurmarg dumping ground gets operational.
“Work on the Mulund dumping ground will be completed on time. We will prefer to sell the power to the BEST undertaking,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman of the civic standing committee.
The BMC has already appointed IL&FS as consultants and United Phosphorous Ltd and Rossrocca Company as operators for the plant for the next 25 years, added Shewale.
According to civic officials, the project is expected to begin from December 2011 and the power generation will start after 21 days of dumping kitchen waste at the Mulund dumping ground.