Gujarat's Waste to Bio Dream Project turns to be a Damp Squib
This project was launched as the demands for organic urea increased manifold in the recent years and the demand and supply ratio was quite abnormal.
The much-hyped Waste to Bio project launched by Gujarat's Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) at a cost of more than 13 Crores in Surat District has failed miserably after a blast immediately after the production began at the Sahara Darwaza center of Waste to Bioenergy project here. As a result, not only the production of solid urea but also its other forms have to be suspended. And the entire technology used in the project is being re-structured spending another few crores in the project which was termed by the Government as a unique one in the country when it started around 10 months back.
This was the first time in 10 months when the production started. This project was launched as the demands for organic urea increased manifold in the recent years and the demand and supply ratio was quite abnormal. It was said that urea through this project would be cheaper for the agriculturists which will bring down the prices and fruits and vegetables in the market considerably.
It was also said that after its success in Surat, the project will be launched in other parts of Gujarat followed by in other states. But now when the project has failed, the APMC is in a dilemma, as to how this has happened to the dream project.
Though the officials claim that this is a small technical snag but the decision to change the entire technology used, raises questions about the so-called advanced technology used in the first place. Interestingly, last year on June 22nd, when the project was inaugurated by the then Gujarat Agriculture Minister Bhupendra Singh Chudasama, he promised that the plant is being started after making all necessary arrangements to start the production within a year's time.
Moreover, he also promised that this project will create job opportunities for more than 100 people but the fact of the matter is that not only the production promise failed miserably, but also the employment guarantee as at present, the project only employs 25 people altogether. It may be noted here that several promises were made during the inauguration of the project.
Apart from urea, it was said that the plant will also produce 2000 kilograms of Bio CNG per day which will be a solution to the fuel consumption in the state, in automobiles and industries. Another bi-product, Carbon Dioxide gas to the tune of 800 kg per day was also promised from the plant. According to the APMC Vice Chairman Sandip Desai: "There are a few changes being made in the machinery and it will soon be worked out and we will be back with full production very soon".
Production promises Which were made
Bio CNG- 2000 Kg Per Day
Solid Urea- 1600 Kg Per Day
Liquid Urea- 16000 Kg Per Day
CO2- 800 Kg Per Day.