KMC project for converting garbage to biogas and organic fertilizers

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to take up a project to make biogas and organic fertilizers from the tons of garbage it collects daily.

Biogas is a source of cheap fuel while organic fertilizers are environment-friendly.

The project would start as a pilot project, with the garbage to be collected from some of the bigger dumps like the ones at Jodhpur Park, Lansdowne Market and a few others. The infrastructure for the conversion of the garbage would be set up at Dhapa, the site of Kolkata’s dumping ground.

To get the project off the ground would cost Rs 5 crore approximately, the first tranche of which has already been released.

Daily, almost 4,500 metric tonnes of garbage is generated in the area under KMC, with almost 20 per cent being generated in the various markets.

Source: Ebela


জঞ্জাল থেকে বায়ো গ্যাস ও জৈব সার

শহরের বাজারের জঞ্জাল থেকেই এবার বায়ো গ্যাস ও জৈব সার তৈরির পরিকল্পনা করেছে কলকাতা পুরসভা। জঞ্জাল থেকে উৎপন্ন বায়ো গ্যাস পুরসভার ছোট গাড়ির জ্বালানি হিসেবে ব্যবহারেরও সিদ্ধান্ত নেওয়া হয়েছে। তেমনই জৈব সারের বাণিজ্যিক বিপণনও করা হবে। যোধপুর পার্ক, ল্যান্সডাউন মার্কেটের মতো কয়েকটি বাজারের ক্ষেত্রে এই পাইলট প্রজেক্ট গ্রহণ করা হবে।

শহরে প্রতিদিন প্রায় সাড়ে চার হাজার মেট্রিক টন জঞ্জাল উৎপন্ন হয়। ওই জঞ্জালের প্রায় ২০ শতাংশই বাজার এলাকার জঞ্জাল। প্রায় পাঁচ কোটি টাকার ওই প্রকল্পের প্রথম পর্যায়ের অর্থও পুর দপ্তরের তরফে বরাদ্দ করা হয়েছে। তাঁর পরেই প্রকল্পের জন্য দরপত্র আহ্বানের প্রাথমিক ধাপ হিসেবে পরিষদের বৈঠকে প্রস্তাবটি গ্রহণ করা হয়।

বায়ো গ্যাস ও জৈব সার উৎপাদনের জন্য বাজারের সংগৃহীত জঞ্জালের প্রক্রিয়াকরণের জন্য প্রয়োজনীয় পরিকাঠামো গড়ে তোলা হবে ধাপাতেই।

KMC plans mega water project to link north and south Kolkata

In one of the biggest water projects ever considered in Kolkata, the civic body plans to link two of its major water pumping stations through a 70-km-long pipeline, creating a ‘water grid’ that will not only end the city’s water woes in five years but also prepare it for the future.

Kolkata Municipal Corporation has submitted the proposal to the state government to be included in the AMRUT scheme. It will cost a whopping Rs 1,400 crore and ensure uninterrupted supply of filtered water to every home even in the added areas and protect groundwater from further depletion.

The plan is to link Palta waterworks near Barrackpore with the Garden Reach water treatment plant in the south-western part of the city.

Once the link-up happens, KMC can get water from Palta to supply all the ‘dry’ areas.

The new pipeline will run along EM Bypass till Garia and then travel along Tolly’s Nullah to Kudghat, where it will take a left turn to meet MG Road and finally merge with an existing line on James Long Sarani to link up with the Garden Reach network.

An added advantage of running the pipeline along EM Bypass is that the newly built Dhapa water treatment plant will also be connected with both Palta and Garden Reach waterworks.

Mayor Sovan Chatterjee is gung ho about the project and said it will be “really useful” to the city.

EM Bypass flats will get filtered water soon

Buoyed by the warm response to its pilot project on piping filtered water to some apartment complexes, Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to lay a dedicated water pipeline to supply filtered water from the Dhapa plant to all major complexes along EM Bypass.

In the first phase, KMC will lay a 24-inch pipeline along EM Bypass, which will be linked to all major housing complexes. In the second phase, based on applications from the cooperative societies, the civic body will install water meters in these apartments.

Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said that the civic body would definitely supply filtered water to the major housing complexes along the EM Bypass as part of a plan to ban drawing of ground water.

“We need to supply filtered water to the multistoried buildings and housing complexes. This is necessary to save city’s groundwater from being depleted,” he said.

KMC uses modern disposal system to make the city vat free

In 2010 when Trinamool Congress came to power in Kolkata Municipal Corporation, the biggest challenge that the new administration faced was to how to make the city garbage free.

The sight of open vats overflowing with garbage, animal infested garbage dumps and open wagons carrying garbage were common. Under the leadership of Ms Mamata Banerjee, the first task that the corporation undertook was to make Kolkata garbage vat free. Now the city has 49 new state­-of-­the­-art compactor stations. These state-of-the-art compactor stations are being appreciated countrywide and Kolkata is now seen as a pioneer.

Over and above these compactor stations, the city also has 33 new ‘mobile compactors’ which travel from one area to another clearing waste due to which Kolkata is on the path to become garbage vat free.

Prior to 2010, garbage clearance was done only once in the morning. The present Government has deployed over 8000 workers under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana to clean the city again in the afternoon. In Kolkata’s industrial hubs the task is once again undertaken in the evening. The city which was once compared to a garbage dump is now one of India’s cleanest cities.

The busiest streets of the city are washed every morning and the street curbs are cleaned with help of mechanical sweepers. The old hand pulled two wheeler carts which were used to carry garbage are now being replaced with eco-friendly, battery operated three wheelers. In the near future this system will cover all of Kolkata.

Covered compactor wagons are being used to transport the garbage to Dhapa. As Dhapa has now been declared as an international wetland, no developmental work or construction will take place in that area. The state government has allotted 20 acres of land to the KMC, to be used as a dumping ground for the city’s garbage. The waste materials will now also be used to generate electricity through ‘Waste Energy Project’, Price Water House Coopers Ltd as its consultants and global tenders have been sought. With the use of modern technology in its various departments, KMC is now doing its work more efficiently and with greater speed.

The forthcoming projects are:

1)  A bio­remediation project of CBIPM with grants from World Bank

2) In 137 wards, centres to separate the recyclable items like plastic, paper, etc. from biodegradable wastes are being set up. It is already operational in seven wards.

3) Minimisation of the number of open vats and direct collection of waste are being stressed upon

Water for all: Bengal shows the way

Public Health Engineering Department has been working towards the commitment of providing clean drinking water to every block in West Bengal.

A ‘Vision 2020’ document has been formulated which involves step for the medium term and the long term with a budget of Rs 1295 crore and Rs 21,285 crore respectively.

Here are the few key highlights in efforts of providing clean drinking water for all:

  • 428 numbers of piped water projects has been sanctioned, which is estimated to benefit around 1.25 crore people ( 2011 census data).
  • More than 41 thousand hand pumps installed.
  • The coverage of piped water has increased from 37.95% to 44.11%.
  • For arsenic purification, 349 projects have been undertaken. Out of which 212 have already started. More than 28 lakh people will benefit from this.
  • A “International Centre for Water Quality” is proposed to come up at Joka, Kolkata. This will be the first in the kind in India.
  • 7 bottling plants have already started and 15 on the move purification machines have started.


Significant Projects:

  • Jangalmahal : Around 50 projects of piped water has been undertaken in the backward areas of Jangalmahal, out of which 39 has already been commissioned. It involves an expenditure of Rs 141 crores and will benefit more than 3 lakh people.
  • In Bankura under the BRGF (Backward Region Grant Fund) a project has been undertaken with a cost of 1011 crore which will benefit 30 lakh people. A project for Purulia is also undertaken with assistance from JICA worth Rs 1173 crore, which will benefit 15 lakh people.
  • Major projects are underway in Kulpi, Panskura, Habra, Gaighata, Bally and others.


Achievements in Kolkata:

  • 95% of the area in Kolkata, under KMC is now supplied with clean drinking water.
  • The project of laying of 64’’ diameter Transmission Main from Palta to Tallah, with a cost of Rs 326 crores, has been completed and it has benefited around 20 lakh citizens of Kolkata.
  • Construction of 15 MGD Water treatment plant at Garden Reach and Chetla Booster Pumping Station has finished. These projects will benefit around 2.5 lakh residents of Behala, Chetla and parts of South Kolkata.
  • Construction of Intake Jetty and Pump House at ‘Mayer Ghat’ along with 30 MGD capacity “Jai Hind” project at Dhapa and its distribution network has been completed with a cost of around Rs 400 crore. This will benefit around 7 lakh residents of Kolkata.

WB CM inaugurates Jai Hind Water Supply Plant, which will supply 30 million gallons of water

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the revamped aquatic park Captain Bhery and the Jai Hind Water Supply Plant at Dhapa.

Tourist attractions

The Captain Bhery project includes a musical fountain and rock garden, Lilly pool, guppy fish exhibition zone, fish hatchery exhibition zone, exhibition zones of nearly extinct indigenous fish species, bird exhibits, wall aquarium, cafeteria, modern car parking amenities, attractive models, children’s play area, seats by the water body, lighting and picnic spots for rent.

Highlights of WB CM’s speech:

  • The Dhapa water supply plant is named Jai Hind after the famous slogan by Netaji.
  • This is historic. A new precedent has been set. This plant will supply 30 million gallons of water.
  • In the next 15-20 days people living around EM Bypass will get water supply. From Beleghata till Patuli, Anandapur – people will get water supply now.
  • We have not imposed any tax on water. Water is life.
  • Loadsheddings have stopped. There are power cuts due to other reasons, we will resolve those issues.
  • WB Government is now banking power. In a few years we will sell power to other States.
  • NTPC is setting up a power unit at Katwa. Four hydel projects are coming up in north Bengal. A project has started at Raghunathpur.
  • Bangla abar jagat sobhay srestho ason lobe – This is the concept behind Biswa Bangla. The road from Dumdum airport till Garia will be known as Biswa Bangla Sarani.
  • We have set up an eco-tourism park at Captain Bhery.
  • I do not take any credit. Credit goes to people. I work for the people. I work for the society.
  • This (Dhapa/EM Bypass/Science City area) is a very important area. A police outpost must come up here.
  • My advance New Year greetings to you all. Stay well, stay safe.