The state government is studying the possibility of converting the market into a carbon-neutral facility.
What’s it about: The State Environment, Forest and Climate Change Department, and IIT Madras are exploring the possibility of making the marketplace carbon-neutral. The department met with the CMDA and the Chennai Corporation.
- One possibility is to power the market with only solar energy.
- Another proposal is to use vegetable and fruit waste to generate power. The market generates 200 tonnes of waste. The plan is to have a bio-methanation plant to produce biogas and generate electricity.
- IIT-Madras will also study how to reduce water usage. The proposal could be to construct a water treatment plant to recycle sewage generated at the complex.
Some facts: The complex has more than 3,900 shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, grains, and perishable items. It sees thousands of visitors every day. The complex already has two vending machines that sell cloth bags to help make it a plastic-free space.