Udupi: CMC plans to generate electricity from organic waste
Udupi, 16 July 2012 (DHNS): Udupi CMC has decided to make use of the organic waste collected from the households, for generating electricity. Accordingly, a bio gas unit will come up in the CMC limits.
The CMC has decided to set up a unit in 10 cents land at Beedanagudde on the outskirts of Udupi. As per the proposal, it has been planned to generate 15 kw electricity using two tonne green waste. The generated electricity will be used for lighting 100 to 150 streetlights.
A proposal has been submitted to the government in this regard. Once, the project is implemented, then two tonne organic waste generated in the town will be used for a productive purpose. This will in turn help the CMC to save money in the form of electricity bill. The total cost of the project will be Rs 33 lakh.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, the CMC Environment Officer Subrahmanya said “we have submitted a detailed report to the government. Tender will be invited once the proposal is okayed by the technical committee.
“There is no question of incurring any expenditure. Organic waste will be considered as a resource and also be utilised effectively. Once the unit starts, then it will help the CMC to dispose the waste effectively as well as reduce its expenditure on electricity,” he said.The bio gas unit can be placed on the ground also.
The CMC has decided to go for below the ground unit. The decision on who will maintain the unit is yet to finalised. “We have two options before us, either to be maintained by the CMC or by the contractor.
“The unit will produce gas. One metre cube gas is equal to .45 kg cooking gas. The gas will be converted into electricity using the generator,” he informed.
The population of the Udupi is 1.25 lakh.
On an average about 62 tonne waste is generated in the CMC limits daily.
The garbage is being disposed near Alevoor and the CMC has been utilising a sum of Rs 35 lakh towards the disposal of waste every year. With the novel project, it will help the CMC to dispose the waste scientifically.