GMC installs Rs 43 lakh Organic Waste Converter at Bhangagarh
With an aim to recycle the organic waste produced from hospitals and city hotels, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has installed an organic waste convertor (OWC) at Bhangagarh near the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH).
A senior official of GMC said, “The cost of the convertor is Rs 43 lakhs and has been installed by a Mumbai based company, Excel Industries Ltd.”
2.50 tonnes of organic waste will be converted into manure every day. It is estimated that 250 kilograms of manure will be produced on daily basis.
Initially, the waste is crushed in the OWC and to keep it dry sawdust or dry leaf is added. Then the crust waste is kept for 15-20 days under moist condition. If required, the end product is put into the OWC for further processing. Finally, the compost is generated, said the official.
The source of the organic waste is the kitchen waste of GMCH and the hotels located on GS Road. The waste will be segregated at the source and only organic waste will be transported to the Bhangagarh OWC plant. The other wastes will be dumped at the waste transfer stations located near the OWC, behind the GMCH morgue.
The plant was inaugurated on 27th March by Mayor Mrigen Sarania and GMC Commissioner Monalisa Goswami.
It may be mentioned that presently GMC has been producing 5,000 kgs of compost from the West Boragaon compost plant daily.
Post Mortem Galli residents upset with the move
As the organic waste convertor plant has been installed just behind the morgue, the residents of Post Mortem Galli are irked with the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) for the move alleging that the area is getting polluted.
A resident of the area, Shantanu Hazarika said, “The GMC has converted a small plot of vacant land behind the morgue as a dumping ground which has already polluted the area and the waste convertor will further deteriorate the situation.”
Reacting to the allegations, a GMC official clarified that it is not a “dumping ground” but a “waste transfer station.” He said that the NGOs take the household wastes to that spot and transfer it to a compactor. The compactor further transports it to the Boragaon dumping ground.
But the residents have alleged that the NGOs do not transfer it to the compactor directly. The waste is initially dumped on the ground and later in time, it is picked up by the compactor.
The GMC official further clarified that because of some technical issues the waste is getting dumped on the ground but very soon the issue will be resolved.
Residents have alleged that the organic waste convertor plant that has been installed adjacent to the transfer station also creates huge noise pollution.
Notably though, the GMC has even availed permission from the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) to install the organic waste converter plant there.