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, 2007
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Mumbai going waste to energy way: BMC

Source: Toxics Link, Date: , 2007

In a bid to counter the growing problem of municipal waste management in Mumbai and its inability to address this, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will float a tender seeking expression of interest by private firms for generating energy from waste.

According to an agency report, R. R. Markandeya, chief engineer with the Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD), has stated that the BMC would float tenders to attract firms interested in generating power from garbage.

“There is a lot of potential in incinerating garbage to generate power and some by-products. However, we have yet to work out the amount of power generated and the process,” says the official. He added that the tendering process would be initiated by the middle of March.

Plan is also afoot to implement segregation of solid waste by imposing a cash fine of Rs. 1,000 on those not sorting the trash. But, as has been highlighted in media reports, segregation at the household-level would not have the desired impact unless sufficient number of staff and vehicle were inducted in the garbage collection process to keep the solid and wet waste segregated after the trash has been collected. This factor would also determine the success of waste-to-energy projects that the corporation is mulling over.