HDMC plans to set up 80-tonne biomethanation plant

10 September 2019

The Hubballli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) is planning to set up a biomethanation plant with a capacity of 80 tonnes per day at one of its dumping yards under the Union government’s Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative. It has requested Union minister Pralhad Joshi to persuade government-owned oil and gas companies to help in the establishment of the plant.

Biomethanation plant

HDMC commissioner Suresh Itnal told that the civic body is expecting a confirmation from Joshi, who, he said, has assured all possible help. The civic body has decided to follow the Indore model where biomethanation plants are running successfully.

The existing biomethanasation plant with 3-tonnes capacity per day has stopped functioning due to some technical reasons. The civic body made several efforts in the past to generate energy from waste. Some years ago, a team of HDMC corporators and experts visited Pune and got first-hand information about the functioning of the Pune Municipal Corporation’s waste to energy plant to set up a similar one in the twin cities. However, the project did not materialize.

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