Brilliant! Bengaluru Ward Uses Garbage to Light Up Its Parks & Footpaths, Saves Rs 15 Lakh

According to the corporator, Bengaluru's Yediyur ward will soon go off the grid and become BESCOM-free.

Jayanagar’s Yediyur area is setting a positive example for the city of Bengaluru!

With a fully-functional bio-gas electricity production unit in place, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities of Yediyur ward are generating green electrical energy from garbage.

The plan is to use this electricity to light up the lake area, seven parks in the ward, and other spots.

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Hence, all the seven parks–Ranadheera Kanteerva, Sanjeevani Vana, Dhanmantri, Chandavalli Thota, Ambedkar, Chaitanya and Kalikamba–are now self-sufficient and being lit by the bio-electricity produced at the ward.

Speaking to The Better India (TBI), Poornima Ramesh, corporator of the ward, said, “We are going to set an example for the city to follow, and go completely BESCOM (Bangalore Electricity Supply Company Limited)- free! At this point, we are generating 50 KW of electricity, which is being used to light up the 7 parks. But, by the first week of January, we will be increasing the generation to 250 KW which will be used to light up major spots of the area, including the model footpaths and 17 BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) buildings, like corporation schools, shopping complex, dialysis center, etc!”

These model footpaths, stretched across more than a kilometre, have been equipped with catchment structures for rain-water harvesting.

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Explaining the procedure, Poornima added, “On a regular basis, we collect as much as 5 tonnes of garbage every day, which is being used for this. We also collect cow dung from several cattle-owners for an exchange of Rs 1,000 daily, and that is also used to produce electricity. So, as per the process, the wet waste is segregated, and along with the cow dung it is sent to the mixer machine. Later, the same is to a recycle chamber, slurry tanks, balloon digester and eventually into the bio-gas container, where it is processed to create electrical power.”

The officials say that owing to this method, they have been able to save almost Rs 15 lakh in power bills in the past few months.

The officials are hopeful that these few steps towards sustainable development will inspire the rest of the city to go green!

(Edited by Shruti Singhal)

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