Bhubaneswar, Nov 18: Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will set up biomethane gas plants in different locations on the outskirts of the state capital for waste management soon.
The proposal, which gained approval from the Empowerment Committee of Infrastructure led by the Chief Secretary, was officially sanctioned during a BMC meeting on January 6 this year. Subsequently, the BMC has identified four locations within the premises of sewerage treatment plants (STPs) to install these essential waste management facilities.
According to reports, around 200 MT of wastes will be processed at these proposed plants to generate 4 tonnes of gas a day.
The execution of this biogas project will follow a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, with the BMC currently in the process of inviting tenders to select a suitable partner firm.
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The estimated cost for establishing each plant is Rs 25.30 crore, and the overall investment is projected to be Rs 100 crore. The financial responsibility for this initiative will be shouldered by the relevant private entity, with the BMC contributing solely by providing the necessary land for plant setup.
Reports indicate that the BMC has allocated 2 to 2.5 acres of land for each proposed plant, situated at STP centers in Rokat, Meherpalli, Kochilaput, and Basuaghai.
These plants will exclusively process wet wastes supplied by the BMC. The biogas produced at these facilities will serve as a sustainable fuel source for BMC vehicles, effectively reducing the organization's fuel expenses.