The Minister for State for personnel, public grievances and pensions and Prime Minister’s office Dr Jitendra Singh said that Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed radiation technology for the treatment of municipal sewage.
Furnishing the details to a query raised by the YSRCP MP Vijayasai Reddy, the Minister said that the radiation technology utilizes high energy gamma radiation from Co-60 gamma sources for hygienizing dry sewage sludge.
As a result of radiation treatment all pathogenic micro-organism in the sludge is brought to a level that they can’t multiply further and the treated sludge is safe for human handling, he said. Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has set up a technology demonstration plant ‘Sewage Sludge Hygienisation Plant’ of 100 tonne per day capacity at Shahwadi in Ahmedabad under MoU with the Ahmadabad Municipal Corporation.
He further added that hygienised and enriched sludge (HES) from the plant is a rich source of micronutrients and organic carbon and can be efficient organic manure for horticulture and agricultural applications. After commissioning of the plant at Ahmedabad, the Indore Municipal Corporation has come forward to adopt the technology and civil works on the project were initiated.
Minister Jitendra Singh said that the developed radiation based dry sewage sludge treatment technology should be given wide publicity to the urban and rural local self-government institutions by presentations and meeting with the authorities responsible for urban waste management.