EDMC starts operation of biogas plant in Geeta Colony
EDMC starts operation of biogas plant in Geeta Colony
Nishi Bhat
EDMC starts operation of biogas plant in Geeta Colony
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EDMC starts operation of biogas plant in Geeta Colony

New Delhi: The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has recently started its new biogas plant in Geeta Colony. The further plan is to set up one more biogas plant in East Delhi area.

The objective behind installing the biogas plants is to solve twin issues of waste management and electricity.

Civic corporation aimed to use bio waste such as peels of vegetables and fruits, waste food and cow dung to convert it into biogas with the help of plants.

Biogas refers to a mixture of different gases produced by the breakdown of organic matter in the absence of oxygen. The process is called biomethanation. Biogas can be produced from raw materials such as agricultural waste, manure, municipal waste, plant materials, sewage, green waste or food waste. 

The idea, proposed by a committee from EDMC, was given a green signal two years back. Now, the first plant is ready to operate in Geeta Colony. 

Chairperson of Standing Committee, Sandeep Kapoor said, “It will give a boost to civic corporation’s plan to make East Delhi as a waste-free zone. The project will be executed on build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis for 10 years. In other words, it means that the private firm will be responsible for its construction and maintenance for 10 years.”

As far as the capacity is concerned, each plant can treat up to 500 metric tonnes of waste and generate up to 6,400 kilos of biogas and 70 tonnes of organic manure daily. Around one tonne of waste has the capacity to generate 60 metric cubes of gas which can be used to produce electricity to light 200 streetlights for 8 hours. 

Around 3,500 dairies will send their waste (up to 400 metric tonnes) to the biogas plant. In return, the dairy owners will gain monetarily. After Geeta Colony, Shastri park and Seemapuri are also in list to execute the plan.