Naveen S Garewal
Tribune News Service
Hyderabad, January 31
The Bowenpally vegetable market is elated after Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave it a pat for innovation in his “Mann Ki Baat” talk on Sunday.
The market has employed techniques to convert vegetable waste into 500 units of electricity and 30 kg of biofuel daily.
Bowenpally Agriculture Market secretary Lokineni Srinivas said, “We are elated and very happy that the effort has been recognised nationally. It is a great encouragement for us and all those who have contributed to making their surroundings better. We are so happy that our market found mention in the speech by honourable Prime Minister.”
The plant was started about six months ago and is fully operational now. All the stale and left-over vegetables from the market are processed to produce electricity and biofuel that the PM called “turning garbage into gold”.
About 10 tonnes of waste generated at the market every day is collected in the plant out of which 500 units of electricity are produced and this then takes care of the electricity needs of the vegetable market. The electricity is illuminating the mandi and the biofuel is used in the mandi’s canteen for cooking. The electricity lights up over 100 streetlights, 170 stalls, an administrative building and the water supply network. Meanwhile, the 30 kilos biofuel is pumped into the canteen kitchen of the market.
Explaining the project, Srinivas said for getting bio methanation, vegetable waste is first put on conveyor belts that carry the waste to shredders, which is then converted into a slurry and is put into large containers or pits to start the process of anaerobic digestion. Organic waste is eventually converted into biofuel, which has two major components, methane and carbon dioxide. This generated fuel is put into “100 per cent biogas generators” that converts the fuel into electricity and reaches the market’s electricity bulbs.
The market requires about 800 to 900 units of electricity, with 500 units being produced here the power bill for the market has come down to Rs 1.5 lakh from Rs 3.5 lakh earlier.
Bowenpally market in Secundrabad Cantonment is one of the biggest markets in the state and is the first agriculture market in Telangana to launch the innovative project. It was put up at a cost of Rs 2 crore. Now it is not just left-over vegetables from this market, but about 400-500 trucks arrive at the market from various parts of Telangana and neighbouring states for turning garbage into biofuel and power.