Western Railway will soon set up a waste disposal plant at Mumbai Central railway station, which will process around 500 kg waste generated at the station every day.
According to Western Railway officials, the proposal has been approved by the general manager. The plant will be set up near the divisional railway manager’s (DRM) office at Mumbai Central by November-end.
Waste generated by the Mumbai Central station, Mumbai Central base kitchen, and coach care centre will be treated at the plant. On an average, of the approximately 1,200 kg waste generated at these places, 500 kg is organic waste. At present, the garbage is dumped near the DRM’s office, and the area has become a site for waste-pickers.
The plant will process 500 kg waste per day. It will be a self-sufficient plant, powered by solar panels.
It will convert the waste to methane — which will be used in place of LPG in the staff canteen at the DRM office — and manure, which will be used for the upkeep of WR’s gardens and nursery. Non-convertible waste will be sent for recycling.
The plant is estimated to cost Rs. 44 lakh, including one year’s operation cost.
The Railways have proposed a pilot project for disposal of municipal solid waste generated at major railway terminals across the country in an environment-friendly manner. Jaipur and New Delhi stations have been identified for the pilot waste management plants. Biogas produced by the plants will be used to generate electricity in these pilot projects. The Railways also plan to set up plants at Mumbai, Secunderabad, Chennai, Varanasi, Allahabad, Patna, Sealdah and Howrah railway stations.