Mahanagar Gas Limited, one of the largest city gas distribution companies in India, today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for setting up a Compressed Biogas (CBG) plant in Mumbai.
The MoU was signed between Mahanagar Gas Limited and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in the august presence of Shri Deepak Kesarkar, Hon’ble Minister for School Education and Guardian Minister of Mumbai City, Shri Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Women & Child Welfare and Guardian Minister of Mumbai Suburban District. Shri Mahesh V Iyer, Chairman, Mahanagar Gas Limited and Shri Iqbal Singh Chahal, Municipal Commissioner & Administrator of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Shri Ashu Shinghal, Managing Director, MGL and Shri Shrawan Hardikar, Additional Municipal Commissioner (City), BMC.
The MoU was signed by Ms. Chanda R Jadhav, Deputy Municipal Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Mr. Manas Das, Vice President (Business Development & Commercial), Mahanagar Gas Limited.
The CBG plant having capacity to process upto 1000 Tonnes Per Day (TPD) of deep segregated food and vegetable waste would be set up on parcel of land to be provided by BMC. The waste, also known as CBG feedstock, will be collected from hotels, restaurants, banquet halls, large vegetable markets/mandi in the city. The daily supply of required feedstock for the CBG plant will be managed by BMC through dedicated vehicles, and will include collection, segregation, and delivery.
The Biogas plant, once completed, will provide a three-in-one solution, functioning as a Biomass waste treatment plant, an organic fertilizer production plant and green fuel production. The Compressed Biogas produced by the plant will be consumed within BMC limits.
Shri Deepak Kesarkar, Hon’ble Minister for School Education and Guardian Minister of Mumbai City said, “I would like to congratulate MGL and BMC on their efforts to realise the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s goal of focusing on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and Make in India, through the Compressed Biogas Plant. I would also like to share my gratitude towards Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Hon’ble Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Housing and Urban Affairs, for giving Maharashtra the opportunity and recommendation to manage waste by converting it into compressed biogas. This is just the first step towards moving to cleaner energy sources and will be critical for improving the quality of life through greener methods. Involving school students is the best way ahead, by instilling in them the value of sustainability from an early age.”
Shri Mangal Prabhat Lodha, Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Women & Child Welfare and Guardian Minister of Mumbai Suburban District said, “This programme benefits both BMC and MGL since it not only reduces waste and helps enhance people’s quality of life, but it also serves as a clean source of energy generation. Mumbai residents stand to benefit the most from the Compressed Biogas Plant.”
Mr. Iqbal Singh Chahal, Municipal Commissioner & Administrator of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said, “I am grateful to the Government of India for this opportunity. This project is in line with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, under which BMC was mandated to regulate not only legacy waste but also daily waste. With the upcoming Compressed Biogas Plant, our everyday waste will be turned into green fuel for transport vehicles.”
Mr. Mahesh Iyer, Chairman, Mahanagar Gas Limited said, “It has been a privilege to sign the MOU with BMC for the Compressed Biogas Plant and is the result of nearly six months of hard effort. The Compressed Biogas Plant that will be built in Mumbai will get us closer to attaining MoPNG’s objective of establishing 5000 CBG plants in the country while also managing our city’s daily waste. It will help us become less reliant on imported gas, which forms almost half of the country’s gas consumption, and support the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.”
Mr. Ashu Shinghal, Managing Director, Mahanagar Gas Limited said, “It is an honour to work with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in setting up the Compressed Biogas Plant and explore another avenue to transition to green energy. We are looking at achieving nine of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through it, including generating clean energy, mitigating the effects of climate change, reducing poverty, and increasing employment. With this step, we hope to partner Mumbai attain a more green and healthy future.”