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Meeting at BARC on management of bio-degradable waste

Dear Friends,
The Bio-Science Group of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre organised a brainstorming session on October 22 to discuss a policy for implementation of the NISARGRUNA BIO-METHANATION TECHNOLOGY in Mumbai and also in various parts of the country. (A pilot project for implementing the NISARGRUNA BIO-METHANATION TECHNOLOGY has been successfully running at Shatabdi Hospital, Govandi. It is a joint venture of the BMC, BARC and Stree Mukti Sanghatana.)
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman Atomic Energy Commission. Shri Achyut Gokhale, Secretary, Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, Government of India, had been specially invited to attend the meeting. Shri Srikumar Banerjee, Director BARC, was also present.
Several senior representatives from BMC, Government of Maharashtra, MMRDA, MPCB and Municipal Corporation of Navi Mumbai attended the meeting, to which I too was invited. Smt. Jyoti Mhapsekar an Smt. Sulakshana Mahajan represented the Stree Mukti Sanghatana.
Dr. S.P. Kale, an eminent scientist at BARC who has spearheaded the pilot project, made a presentation on Nisargruna Bio-Methanation Technology after initial remarks by Dr. Kakodkar. This was followed by presentations by Shri A.K. Jain, head of the SWM Cell at the All India Institute for Local Self Government, Mumbai, and Shri R.R. Markandeya, Chief Engineer (SWM), BMC. I briefly spoke about the NGO Council's efforts in the area of cleanliness. Smt. Mhapsekar described the role of waste-pickers in efficient SWM.
In the post-lunch session, participants visited the Nisargruna plant at Govandi.
The meeting yielded three important outcomes:
1) There was unanimity among participants that bio-degradation of wet waste should be taken up on an urgent basis and on a visibly large scale in Mumbai, as part of a broader plan to make the city clean. It was emphasised that decentralised management of biodegradables by the BMC, with ward-level micro-planning and active citizens' participation, was critical to the success of the strategy. It was felt that a beginning should be made with bulk generators of wet waste (hotels, restaurants, clubs, etc.). There was focused discussion on setting up a biodegradation plant with a capacity of 25 or 50 tons per day at the BMC's facility at Colaba to cover all the wet waste generated in A Ward.
There was consensus on the need for the BMC to unveil a comprehensive and integrated policy to invite private investment and NGO participation in setting up decentralised biodegradation plants in different parts of the city. Shri Jain offered to prepare a policy framework.
2) BMC representatives Shri Markandeya and Shri Sanglikar (Dy. Chief Engineer, SWM) showed positive inclination for making land at BMC's defunct pumping stations available for setting up decentralised biodegradation plants in different parts of the city.
3) Shri Gokhale, Secretary MNES (Govt of India), offered to provide "attractive" subsidy from his ministry (to be routed through the state government's MNES) for at least 1000 such decentralised waste-to-energy plants in Maharashtra . He suggested a meeting with Shri Vinay Kore, Minister of MNES, Government of Maharashtra, for operationalisation of this scheme.
Sudheendra Kulkarni
Coordinator, Cleanliness Group
NGO Council
23. October. 2005


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