IMC plans to run buses on bio-fuel made from vegetable waste

• For better waste management, Indore civic body plans to run public transport buses on the bio-Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) made from the vegetable waste.

• Tests were being conducted to run some auto rickshaws on the bio-CNG fuel. If the results are promising, then the plan is to run 20 buses on this fuel in the initial phase.

==> Current Status

• A bio-methanation plant at the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Fruits and Vegetables Market has been set up. The plant can convert about 20 tonnes of waste into 1,000 kg of bio-CNG.

• The consultant said the IMC plans to set up two more bio-methanation units to increase the production of bio-CNG to nearly 4,000 kg, so as to run about 70 buses on it.

• Besides, the IMC has signed an agreement with the NGO, Sarthak, to convert the daily hair waste — around eight quintals generated in nearly 15,000 salons in the city — into an amino acid.

==> Advantage

• The bio-GNG is expected to be cheaper by Rs 5 as compared to the normal CNG. Therefore, with the use of about 1,000 kg of bio-CNG, there could be a saving of Rs 5,000 on the fuel expenses of these buses. That means there will be a saving of about Rs 1.5 lakh every month.

==> Background

• Indore was adjudged the cleanest city in the country, in the government ‘swachhta’ survey, released a few days back.

• According to a rough estimate, Indore is inhabited by about 35 lakh people who daily produce nearly 1,100 tonnes of garbage — 650 tonnes of wet and 450 tonnes of dry garbage – which is safely disposed of.


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