Delhi gets its first Biomethanation plant

Based on inputs by Meeta Kapoor

Delhi gets its first biomethanation plant that is spread over 600 sq metres. The plant will consume 5,000kg of wet waste daily to generate 250-300 units of electricity and 750kg of compost.

East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has initiated the trial run of the plant that will significantly reduce the amount of garbage that floods the landfills.

“During the trial run, the concessionaire is feeding 700kg of segregated waste into the plant to ascertain its performance. But after its inauguration in the first week of December, we will run it to its full capacity,” an EDMC official said.

The civic agency aims to establish another 5-tonne plant at Shastri Park and a 10-tonne facility at Yamuna Vihar. These plants could process 60-70% of the waste generated in the city every day.

“Though we have already established 10 plants, each of 1-tonne capacity, in various colonies, they are small in size and, thus, can only convert waste into compost. On the other hand, the 5-tonne plants are bigger in size and can generate compost as well as electricity,” EDMC’s standing committee chairman Sandeep Kapoor said.

“At the Geeta Colony plant, we extract slurry from the segregated waste that is later boiled at extreme temperatures to generate biogas. The gas is then fed into a generator to produce electricity. It takes 8-10 hours to complete the exercise.”

The overall project for waste management under the three corporations has been sanctioned by the ministry of housing and urban affairs, and is being carried out under the urban development fund.

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