Mumbai: The BMC will further upgrade the Deonar abattoir to get rid of solid waste generated daily from the slaughter house by setting up a bio-methanation plant at the site. Urgent need to treat and rid of the animal waste produced at the abattoir in an environment-friendly manner was felt after the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) inspected the site recently. The project to set up the bio-methenation plant will be undertaken by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and it has sent a proposal to the effect to the BMC’s standing committee for approval. This project is expected to cost the civic body Rs 6.53 crore. The civic body will also set up a joint committee along with BARC to see the project through.

To get rid of waste generated at the slaughter house through an abiotic process (without the involvement of organic process of decay and degeneration), the bio-methanation plant or biogas will have the capacity to treat type one and type two solid waste. This plant is expected to produce biogas which is used as a source of energy for electricity generation. The sludge produced from there can be used as manure. A biogas plant cuts down on land usage otherwise required for natural degradation.

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