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PM to inaugurate municipal solid waste-based Bio-CNG plant in Indore

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate ‘Gobar-Dhan (Bio-CNG) Plant’ in Indore on February 19 through video conferencing. The plant has the capacity to treat 550 tonnes per day of segregated wet organic waste. It is expected to produce around 17,000 kg per day of CNG, and 100 tonnes per day of organic compost.

Recently, Prime Minister has launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0,’ with the overall vision of creating “Garbage Free Cities.” The mission is being implemented under the overarching principles of ‘waste to wealth,’ and ‘circular economy’ for maximising resource recovery – both of which are exemplified in the Indore Bio-CNG plant.

The plant is based on zero-landfill models, whereby no rejects would be generated. Additionally, the project is expected to yield multiple environmental benefits, viz reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, providing green energy along with organic compost as fertiliser.

Indore Clean Energy Pvt Ltd, a special purpose vehicle created to implement the project, was set up by Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) and Indo Enviro Integrated Solutions Ltd (IEISL) under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, with 100 percent capital investment of Rs 150 crore by IEISL.

Indore Municipal Corporation will purchase a minimum 50 percent of Bio-CNG produced by the plant and in a first-of-its-kind initiative, run 400 city buses on the CNG. The balance quantity of CNG will be sold in the open market. The organic compost will help replace chemical fertilisers for agricultural and horticultural purposes.

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