The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has joined hands with private firms to convert waste into biogas. A biogas bottling planthas been set up at Huskur in Doddaballapur to process organic waste into biogas which will then be compressed into cylinders. These cylinders, its makers say, can replace the regular liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for commercial applications. BBMP Commissioner M. Lakshminarayana said the bottled biogas could be supplied to the nearby villagers.

The organic waste treatment and bottling plant was developed with the support of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The BBMP is backed by the Bruhat Bangalore Hoteliers’ Association while Maltose Agri Private Ltd. and Carbon Masters are private firms working with the BBMP on the project.

K. Ramamurthy, Secretary of the Bruhat Bangalore Hoteliers’ Association, said that hotels and restaurants located in north and east Bangalore will hand over the biodegradable waste to be processed at the Huskur plant.

The plant, set up at an estimated cost of Rs 2.5 crore, can process around 20 metric tonnes of wet waste coming from the city limits. T Anand, Managing Director, Maltrose Agri Products, said, “Compressed biogas will be sold to hotels and industrial users in the city. It will increase its capacity over the next 12 months so that it can process up to 250 tonnes of food waste per day. .”

Road repair

Mayor B.S. Sathyanarayana, on Monday, said the palike will start repairing the roads leading to Doddaballapur taluk soon.

The Mayor’s assurance was in response to Doddaballapur MLA T. Venkataramaiah’s taunt during the launch of a biogas plant that nothing had been done for the taluk which has the Terra Firma landfill.

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