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For clean city: Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Mohammed Kutty inaugurating a biogas plant at the General Hospital in the city on Monday.
For clean city: Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Mohammed Kutty inaugurating a biogas plant at the General Hospital in the city on Monday.

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Even though the Brahmapuram waste processing plant was getting ready, the city needed small decentralised plants to make the ‘Clean Kerala’ project a reality, Local Self-Government Minister Paloli Mohammed Kutty said here on Monday.

Inaugurating a biogas plant at the District General Hospital, the Minister said that success of managing the waste generation lay in having small plants that would take care of the degradable waste in a scientific manner.

The biogas plant at the hospital can process 250-300 kg of waste a day that generates fuel to burn 40 CFL lamps of 15 watts in the garden.

The function was presided over by K.V. Thomas, MLA, who had funded Rs.4.5 lakh towards the plant.

Mayor Mercy Williams, District Collector A.P.M Mohammed Hanish, District Medical Officer K.T. Remani, Hospital Superintendent-in-charge Kochurani Theresa; councillors N.A. Mani and K.V. Krishnakumar and the hospital’s Resident Medical Officer Junaid Rehman spoke on the occasion.

The hospital authorities in association with the contractor of the biogas plant would be finding ways to fully utilise the energy produced.

If the entire energy is used as cooking gas, it could be used to burn two gas burners for 9.5 hours, according toJames Joseph, Chartered Engineer and managing director of Agro Machinery and Consultancy, which set up the plant as part of Rajagiri Institute’s outreach programme.

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