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  • Kathmandu city blames load shedding end for failure to produce power from waste

       A biomethanation plant launched by Kathmandu Metropolitan City, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

     

    Kathmandu, July 18: Kathmanduites have been hearing about the possibility of transforming waste to wealth for years. Around two years ago, Kathmandu Metropolitan City also announced that it would produce electricity from garbage collected.

    Whereas many people did not easily believe the idea, the city government continued to talk about it through mass media. But the KMC now says it has dropped the project now as there is no need of extra power after the end of regular power outage.

    In June 2017, the KMC  announced the launch of operation of a biomethanation plant that would convert three tonnes of waste into 14 kilowatt electricity everyday. The European Union had also invested in the project. However, it has not come into full-fledged operation yet.

    The KMC purchased machinery and conducted a test also. However, it did not go beyond the test of equipment.

    “We conducted the trial as a preparation to provide electricity to the city office and locals,” KMC Environment Management Department’s chief Hari Bahadur Kunwar says, “We needed that when we had load shedding. After the end of load shedding, its need gradually decreased.”

    He, however, claims the machinery will be brought to operation back after few months.

    Kathmandu Metropolitan City produces around 500 ton garbage everyday.

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