Standing committee of Ahmedabad civic body may approve a work to have more biogas plants in the city, as a part of Swachh Bharat Mission, on Thursday. In December 2016, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) had approved the work of installation of 20 such biogas plants near the vegetable markets.Now, 17 more biogas plants have been conceptualised for the civic body-run party plots, hospitals, and educational institutes and campuses.With a capacity of 40 to 50 kilo, the proposed 17 mini-bio-gas plants will cost around Rs 10 lakh. The last time when 20 such biogas plants were set at the cost of Rs10 lakh, the observation was that it was converting the vegetable waste into biogas. As per an AMC official, the prices have shot up due to the Goods and Services Tax .Also, this time, the civic body is open to sell them, if one shows an interest. “If someone wants to have the biogas plant, we will sell them at the actual cost. We want equal participation from citizens also to come forward to set up such plants in their societies,” said Dr Bhavin Solanki, the in-charge medical officer of health, AMC.On monthly basis, the 20 plants are producing around 300kg of gas. Soon after the code of conduct revoked from the state, AMC has pulled its socks to make the city clean and working hard for the solid waste management.In few weeks there will be the announcement of Swachhta Sarvekshan. AMC has not improved its ranking in 2016. AMC has tried a lot many innovations in solid waste management. AMC has hit two birds with two stone when air pollution in was observed very poorly. At the time, to control the dust particles from the air, AMC has washed flyovers, bridges, footpaths and trees, which is also claimed one of the drives and an innovative idea under the Swachh Bharat Mission program….& ANALYSISWhen smaller civic bodies are also acting on the lines of setting up toilet bio-gas plant, AMC should consider toilet bio-gas plants at least for their own housing scheme. Such plants ensure appropriate treatment and reuse of waste water and an additional incentive of bio-gas.
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