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PCMC starts biogas project in Moshi

Under the Swachh Bharat scheme, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has launched a project in Moshi to produce biogas from waste collected from hotels. The project’s objective is to establish a scientific method for disposing of food waste generated by hotels, restaurants, and various other establishments like canteens and marriage halls across Pimpri Chinchwad.

Municipal officials outlined plans to generate biogas from hotel waste, which will subsequently be converted into bio-CNG to power PCMC vehicles responsible for waste collection throughout the city. These waste-carrying vehicles will be equipped with a specialized GPS tracking system.

Presently, Pimpri Chinchwad generates approximately 35 to 38 tons of hotel waste daily. To address this, the biogas project, capable of processing 50 tons of waste daily, has been operationalized as part of PCMC’s efforts towards achieving zero waste. Municipal Commissioner Shekhar Singh emphasized the importance of this step in moving towards a zero-waste city.

Currently, Pimpri Chinchwad generates around 500 tons of wet waste and 700 tons of dry waste daily, which is processed at the only available facility in Moshi.

Singh highlighted that the project will help mitigate the foul smell emanating from wet waste. The inauguration of the project took place during the visit of Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to the city, with operations commencing the following Monday, as confirmed by officials.

Sanjay Kulkarni, Joint City Engineer of PCMC, revealed, “The municipal corporation aims to power all waste transportation vehicles across the city with fuel generated from this plant.”

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