Indian metro invites international participation in waste-to-energy initiative
MUMBAI : The Municipal Corporation of Mumbai city in India has invited proposals from experienced international firms to generate electricity from tonnes of dumped wastes. According to a leading Indian news agency, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has invited proposals from international companies with proven track record of successful generation of energy from waste.
This could alleviate the dangers posed by accumulating waste in the city. The report says that around 6500 tonnes of waste is generated in the city every day. The move will also relieve the municipality from worries of acute power shortages. The BMC proposes to initially set up three waste-to-energy facilities, each with a capacity to handle 1000 tonnes waste per day.
One of the plants will be set up in the Island City. The other two are destined to be installed in the suburbs-one in Eastern suburb and the other in the Western suburb of the city.
The officials from Solid Waste Management Department of the Municipality have already taken up a feasibility study of the proposed project by visiting other cities such as Pune and Delhi where similar plants are operational. The officials are confidently optimistic that the big industry players from foreign countries such as Sweden, Germany and South Korea would express interest in the initiative.
Commissioning of three facilities will solve the menace of city’s waste to a certain extent. According to the department officials, the Municipality will decide on setting up of further plants after monitoring the performance of the three plants.