Finally, Karnal plant produces clean power

Parveen Arora

Indiatimesworld News Service

Karnal, September 23

After witnessing several hiccups in the last one-and-a half-year, Haryana's first effluent treatment plant (ETP), situated along the banks of the Western Yamuna Canal on the Karnal-Kachwa road, has started generating clean fuel (bio-CNG) after treating paddy stubble, animal excreta, wastes from slaughterhouse, sewage, bio-degradable waste and wet solid waste.

At present, the plant has stored around 5,000 litres of CNG and is also operating the plant with the help of self-generated electricity. The Karnal Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities are hopeful that the plant will supply electricity to the nearby Vivekananda Park in a couple of weeks. “I had visited the plant two days ago. It has started generating CNG and also electricity. We will provide electricity supply from the plant to the nearby park in a couple of weeks,” said Nishant Kumar Yadav, Commissioner, KMC.

He said that in the coming days, the plant would be able to supply electricity to the power grid through net metering. “We are also in touch with the UHBVN for providing them power through grid metering. Besides, we have also contacted Indraprastha Gas Ltd. (IGL) that has been assigned the project of establishing CNG stations and providing piped natural gas (PNG) connections to households, commercial and industrial customers by the Union Petroleum Ministry, to purchase CNG so that the plant will get income,” said the Commissioner.

The KMC had allotted the project, costing around Rs 1 crore, to Delhi-based Growdiesel Ventures Limited in 2016-17 to utilise waste in an environment-friendly manner on the operational and maintenance basis for five years. It had started a trial run in January 2018.

In initial days, it worked smoothly but later stopped working due to several reasons. It remained shut for around three months due to the non-availability of stubble, segregation of waste and electricity.

Sanjay Chauhan, project manager, said that their plant had been working smoothly and it had stored around 5,000 litres of CNG. “The plant generates 5 per cent CNG and 20 per cent bio-fertiliser from total waste. We are processing three to five tonnes of waste daily, which helps us to generate electricity, CNG and fertiliser. The quality of our bio-fertiliser is good,” he said, adding that the plant would eliminate waste.