Pali Hill Residents May Soon Put Waste To Better Use
At a time when the environmental bodies, judiciary, and the government is struggling to manage solid waste, a society in Mumbai suburbs has come up with an innovative idea to treat waste as well as save power at the same time. Residents of Pali Hill, a locality in Bandra is soon going to inaugurate a waste-to-energy plant that will completely cut down its wet waste generation and will thereby light up its streets.
The plant has been set up on a 1,000 sq ft plot at Pali Hill Water Reservoir on Nargis Dutt Road where anaerobic digestion technology will be used to treat approximately 800 kg of wet waste daily and produce enough biogas to power at least 68 streetlights and eight bulbs on a 1-km stretch. Apart from this, the compost generated while producing biogas will be distributed for free for gardening purpose. The dry waste will be sent to a recycling plant.
The area comprises of 78 buildings and 23 bungalows, some of which are the homes of known personalities such as lyricist Gulzar and actor Rishi Kapoor.
Residents will have to make a one-time payment of Rs 3,500-4,000 per household to keep the plant functional for three years. The project has been funded with the help of corporate social responsibility initiative along with Pali Hill Residents’ Association who contributed around Rs 65 lakh for setting up the plant. The land was provided by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the work has been on since April 2016.
As the project gets functional, BMC will be saving at least Rs 8-10 lakh annually on garbage transportation as the trucks carrying waste won’t enter the locality from now on.
The area generates around 2.2 tonne of mixed waste, out of which 800 kg is wet waste while rest of it is dry waste. The BMC is also planning to set up a waste-to-energy plant at Deonar dumping ground to convert 1,500 tonne of wet waste daily. The project will be implemented in three years and the government would pump in around Rs 571 crore for setting up the system.