BMC signs contract for MGL for Mumbai biogas plant

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has signed a contract with the Mahanagar Gas Limited (MGL) to establish a biogas plant that will treat 1,000 metric tonnes of municipal waste per day in Mumbai, India.
Civic officials said the plant would be set up in Deonar in around two years, adding that the proposal for setting it up originated from the petroleum and natural gas ministry.
Mumbai generates 6,000 tonnes of solid waste, and of this, wet waste, which includes damp, organic and degradable waste, constitutes 3,500 tonnes. The remaining is dry waste, including non-degradable items like plastic.
Civic officials said the BMC’s job would be to collect wet waste from bulk-waste generators like hotels, banquets halls and vegetable markets. After segregation, the waste would be sent to the plant for processing.
The BMC has provided land for setting up the plant, while MGL will install equipment for biogas production. Civic sources said the Deonar plot was finalised after three land parcels in the eastern suburbs were shortlisted for the plant.
The BMC’s solid waste management department operates five vehicles in each municipal ward to transport wet waste to treatment centres.
“After this plant becomes operational, the quantum of waste that is being recycled will increase by a significant proportion and it will also lead to a sharp decline in pollution levels,” an official said.

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