This article appeared in THE HINDU –

Wet waste generated at K.R. Market, one of the oldest markets in the city, will soon be used to power 100 bulbs on the market premises.

The electricity will be generated from the biomethanation plant on the premises, which Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar inaugurated on Monday.

Mayor B.S. Sathyanarayana said the plant, which converts biodegradable waste into energy, would process 5 tonnes of wet waste a day to generate electricity. The plant would also require 5,000 litres of water per day.

“With the operation of this plant, the waste that goes out of the market will reduce,” he said. He said that similar plants would be set up in 18 other places. “The plants in Yelahanka, Mathikere and Jayanagar are almost ready and will be formally inaugurated soon,” he said.

Cost of plant

The total cost of the plant at K.R. Market is Rs. 102.25 lakh. The work and maintenance has been outsourced to a private company.

Mr. Kumar said the Union government, the State government and the local body could work together to solve the city’s garbage crisis. “The Union government will set up waste-to-compost projects in 500 cities and towns across the country. It can be set up in Bangalore too.”

He urged the Mayor and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner M. Lakshminarayana to tie up with the Union government to set up waste-processing projects. He urged the BBMP to create a master plan to tackle the garbage crisis.

Stating that farmers in the country used 49 million tonnes of chemical fertilizer, he said there was a need to reduce the dependence on chemical fertilizer and instead use organic manure.

“We also procure chemical fertilizers from abroad. There is a need to reduce it,” he said.

Bangalore district in-charge Minister Ramalinga Reddy, and Mr. Lakshminarayana were present.