Green Bacteria to Maintain Cleanliness of Mumbai Airport

Green Bacteria to Maintain Cleanliness of Mumbai Airport

In a first of its kind initiative for maintain cleanliness at airport in the country, all the cleaning jobs at Terminal 2 airport of Mumbai will be carried out using green chemicals.

Certain groups of bacteria and microorganisms could be Mumbai airport’s eco-friendly toilet cleaners. The microscopic culture of bacteria was applied in July 2017 to check the efficiency of the bacteria as toilet cleaners. It was found to be effective in cleaning urinals, toilets, floors and other surfaces throughout Terminal 2.

Conventional chemicals such as acids and alcohol reagents release asthmagens, carcinogens, and ozone-depleting compounds into the atmosphere, which have harmful side-effects on environment as well as humans. This new initiative of using green chemicals such as bacteria is environment-friendly approach and it can save around one lakh liters of water per day.

Around 90,000 men including passengers and airport staff included, arrive and depart at T2 daily. 1.2 liters of water dispensed per flush in the urinals. Green chemicals used at the Mumbai airport are a mixture of enzymes and bacteria used to clean 200 toilets and 4 lakh square meters of surface area in T2. “Cleaning compounds that contain ammonia-feeding bacillus spores are instead used in toilets. Lab tests have confirmed that the toilets are cleaner now,” said MIAL official. Passengers who used the urinals in the past two months would have noticed that the auto-sensor flush doesn’t work. They no longer dispense water, they dispense the green chemical instead. Water is used only when the urinals are cleaned manually.

According to Green Chemicals report published by Coherent Market Insights, conventional chemicals that clean only when used, green chemicals employ bacteria that are at work 24/7. The green solution is poured at regular intervals in the urinals, it’s spritzed in the air, which is why the toilets, used by both male and female passengers have no odour.

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