Mumbai: Many Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) ward offices along with the HQ has failed to start any mechanism to manage waste till now. But that’s not the case with the civic body’s Parel office (F south ward), which in 2016 adopted the biomethane process to produce gas out of its kitchen wet waste. And successfully carrying the process even today.
Parshuram Kurhade, Assistant Engineer of Solid Waste Management of Parel ward remarked that it costs them Rs. 35,000 to set up a plastic biomethane machine in the premise of their ward office which successfully gives half kilogram of kitchen gas, the quantity sufficient for one family. The machine was given by Non Government Organisation (NGOs). Hence, no money has been spent on it by the civic body.
He even stated that 5kgs of wet waste is put into the biomethane plastic vessel everyday and in turn half kg of gas is produced. The one stove of biomethane gas can be used for four hours a day. Civic officials said, “BMC has planned to start a biomethanisation plant at Sewri Hospital, where all small hotels wet waste would be taken to generate kitchen gas. A tender for same has also been floated.” Also the ward has many old chawls. Hence, BMC has set up composting pits and are successfully managing waste from 14,000 houses which produces around 6.5 metric tonnes.