KATHMANDU, Feb 26: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has decided to resume the operation of its biogas plant that has remained dormant for the past five years.
According to Rabin Man Shrestha, chief of the Environment Department of KMC, the plant was set up on the premises of the department at Teku with the financial support from the European Union and the KMC Office.
The project aims to generate energy from household garbage and seek a durable way for the management of non-biodegradable waste. The local government is in touch with the National Invention Centre to resume the plant built with Rs 46 million from the EU and Rs 18.02 million from the KMC Office.
Three metric tons of biodegradable waste is required on a daily basis to operate the plant which has the capacity of producing 3,000 kilos of organic fertilizer, 14 kilowatt of electricity and 13,500 liters of processed water. It was launched in 2070 BS as a trial and was officially shut down five years ago due to lack of skilled human resources to handle the plant.