from our correspondent
Silchar, June 27: garik Swartharaksha Sangram Parishad (NSSP) in association with Silchar Municipal Board (SMB) called a public meeting today in the premises of Gandhi Bhawan here to discuss the issue of garbage disposal and waste-magement. GPS Renewables, a Bangaluru based firm also took part in the event to discuss how bio-methane gas can be produced from bio-degradable wastes which can be used as a source of fuel for cooking and also for the purpose of generating electricity. Distinguished persolities present on the occasion included Niharendra rayan Thakur, chairman of Silchar Municipal Board (SMB), Kabindra Purkayastha, former MP, Dilip Kumar Paul, MLA Silchar, Haridas Dutta, general secretary, NSSP, Madhurjyo Das and Utpal Phukan of GPS Renewables.
The programme began with the lighting of the auspicious lamp by chairman which was followed by a felicitation of the members present. Speaking on the occasion Thakur said that the total size of the trenching ground of Silchar which is located at Meherpur is 64 bighas. But, under the previous dispensation 12 bighas of the ground was given to rehabilitate people. With the passing of time more land has been encroached by people due to which as of now the trenching ground has become a dump yard. He further said that the SMB under his tenure had to ask the District Magistrate to evict the illegal encroachers so that proper garbage disposal and waste-magement can be re-initiated.
Madhurjyo Das of GPS Renewables in his speech said that around 50% of the wastes generated in Silchar are of bio-degradable ture which can be used to produce methane gas and also for the purpose of generating electricity. The total amount of electricity needed for lighting the street lamps by SMB is around 55,000 units per month. Biogas can be used as a source of fuel for the purpose of cooking food. Biogas can be produced from raw materials such as agricultural waste, manure, municipal waste, plant material, sewage, green waste or food waste. It is a renewable energy source and in many cases exerts a very small carbon footprint.
He further said, if, GPS Renewables is given a contract for waste magement for the town, the organization with its expertise will be able to generate 7,500 units of electricity per day out of the waste materials which amounts to around 2,25,000 units per month. This will not only solve the problem of load-shedding in the town but also the municipal board can supply the remaining unused units to Power Grid. Others who spoke on the occasion included Dilip Kumar Paul, Kabindra Purkayastha and Haridas Dutta.