Ahmedabad, Nov 24 Gujarat has undertaken a unique research project to use radiation technology to hygienise sludge and make it safer and a useful product for farmers and other land applications.
Sewage Sludge generated at various sewage treatment plants in towns and cities produce highly infectious sewage sludge which could spread diseases.
However, it is also a good source of carbon and other elemental nutrients useful for growth of plants.
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) have commenced the implementation of 100 tons per day irradiation facility for dry Sewage Sludge Hygienisation at Ahmedabad after obtaining all statutory approvals from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).
The project is scheduled to commence the commercial production in the last quarter of 2017. Pilot scale facilities which are under fabrication will be installed in Ahmedabad and Surat for demonstration and evaluation of performance and economics.
More about the new project:
Funds for setting up of dry sludge hygienisation project at Ahmedabad will be provided by Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation.
BARC will provide scientific and technical support. Radiation Source will be provided by Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).
Constructive role of BARC in Gujarat:
BARC is already operating a demonstration sludge hygienisation facility in Vadodara since 1994 and supplying hygienised sewage sludge to local farmers.
BARC has also undertaken project and demonstrated the use of radiation grafted materials for cleaning textile dye effluents.
BARC has provided technical support for implementation of NISARGRUNA biogas plant at Gajarawadi, Vadodara for processing of carcass of dead animals in the premises of Vadodara Municipal Corporation.
Funds for the NISARGRUNA project were provided by Vadodara Municipal Corporation. BARC provided technical guidance.
BARC through Board of Research in Nuclear Science (BRNS) has also funded about Rs. 17.30 lakh to Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh for groundnut research project.