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Posted at: Feb 14, 2018, 12:50 AM; last updated: Feb 14, 2018, 12:50 AM (IST)

Admn to set up biogas plants at 2 gaushalas

Admn to set up biogas plants at 2 gaushalas

Vishal Joshi

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, February 13

The administration plans to open mini biogas plants at two gaushalas in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Sumedha Kataria said the waste-to-energy projects were aimed at making the animal shelters self reliant. “In the first phase, the gaushala at Mathana village will be equipped with a biogas plant. There are nearly 1,200 cattle and the shelter produces 12,000 kg dung. Safe disposal of the animal waste is a challenge.

“The organic waste at the gaushala can generate about 10-kW power,” said the DC.

The administration has also decided to run another plant at the upcoming gaushala at Barna village.

The DC said the administration had earmarked Rs 10 lakh under the District Development Plan for both the projects.

The Department of New and Renewable Energy will provide subsidy.

She said that Rs 25,000 were being spent daily on fodder, water and medical care at the gaushala in Mathana village. Following support from the authorities, volunteers are contributing to keep the shelter running.

The DC said that the UHBVN had been contacted to inquire if it could purchase power generated from the biogas plants.

“We will try to sell electricity to the villagers and use biogas for the gaushala. If the power corporation agrees to buy the energy, it will become economical to make such an animal shelter,” she said.

In situ waste management

In another ambitious plan, the administration has decided to start waste management system at the micro level in Pehowa subdivision.

She said the project would be implemented by next month with the active participation of the local population. The DC said if the project yielded desired results, it would be extended to other parts of Kurukshetra.

“In the pilot project, five wards of Pehowa municipality will be identified for in situ waste disposal. Under the plan, the biodegradable waste will be segregated at houses and used locally to convert into manure. We are contacting experts for sustainable and safe disposal of non-biodegradable waste,” she said.

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