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FOR A CLEANER CITY: Work on a biogas plant at the Ernakulam market is nearing completion. - Photo: H. Vibhu
FOR A CLEANER CITY: Work on a biogas plant at the Ernakulam market is nearing completion. - Photo: H. Vibhu

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The plants will treat biodegradable waste generated by slaughterhouse and market Plants will treat waste from slaughterhouse and market

KOCHI: Three biogas plants will become operational in the city on Saturday. Two plants have been set up at the slaughterhouse at Kaloor and one at Ernakulam market.

The plants will treat the biodegradable waste generated by the abattoir and the market and are expected to reduce the waste that reach the general pool considerably.

Processing of the waste generated by these units has been a major cause of concern for the civic authorities and public health experts, as a large portion of the waste from these centres were unscientifically dumped elsewhere earlier.

The units have been set up on a turnkey basis. The operation and maintenance of these units and managing the slurry from them will be the responsibility of the agency that has established the units. The slurry from the units can be used as manure.

The two units at Kaloor have an installed capacity of processing 800 kg waste each daily and are capable of producing 10 kV power.

Bigger unit

A bigger unit has been set up at Ernakulam market, which can process one tonne waste daily and generate 20 kV power.

The plants at Kaloor, set up at a cost of Rs.18 lakh, will produce power enough to light 250 compact fluorescent lamps and the one at Kaloor 350 lamps.

The unit at Ernakulam market costs Rs.13 lakh.

Though the units will become operational on Saturday, the civic body is yet to find money for buying generators for power generation.

The Corporation will also have to decide on what to do with the biogas and power generated by these units. It can either sell gas to hotels or restaurants or use the power for lighting streetlamps at Kaloor and the Ernakulam market area.

Currently, the Corporation is paying power cost to the Kerala State Electricity Board for lighting the streetlamps. Once the civic body takes a decision to use the power generated from biogas plants for lighting the streetlamps, it can save the money that it has been paying to the Board, pointed out civic officials. The Corporation has plans to set up 10 biogas units in different parts of the city including GCDA market, Kaloor, Mattanchery, Fort Kochi and Vaduthala.

The civic authorities are also working on a proposal to offer land to the association of hoteliers and restaurants to set up their own biogas plants in the city.

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