Nepal government is planning to generate electricity from Kathmandu’s sewage, reports OnlineKhabar.
Along with generating electricity, this plan will provide better sewage management. However, the electricity generated will not be in a huge amount and cannot be traded commercially.
The Project Implementation Directorate (PID) of Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) is setting up five sewage processing centres in different areas of the Valley. The five sewage processing centres are in Guhyeshwari and Gokarna of Kathmandu, Sallaghari of Bhaktapur, and Kodku and Dhobighat of Lalitpur. Out of these five, two centers at Guhyeshwari and Dhobighat will be producing electricity shortly.
The centre at Guhyeshwari will produce 240 kilowatt power while Dhobighat will generate 500 kilowatt power. A feasibility study confirmed that power generation in Sallaghari and Kodku will be impossible owing to their small scale.
According to KUKL-PID spokesperson Lila Prasad Dhakal, after these sewage processing centres have been built, sewage from residences will not be sent directly to rivers. Larger pipes are being installed in parallel to streams and rivers and they will be later connected to individual houses.
The sewage will be processed to turn it to gas which in turn will be used to produce power. The electricity produced will be used to operate the sewage treatment centres themselves making the whole centre self-sustaining.
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