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Biogas lightens load on Pol, saves money

According to reports, setting an example for other Pols, a resident of Desai ni Pol in the Walled City has switched to biogas for his home-run khakra and farsan cottage industry which will help address the problem of wet waste in the area.

The motivation behind 26-year-old Rahul Jayesh Vyas’s step is the Youth Brigade, formed under the I Lead India initiative, which told him the benefits of waste management and how all types of organic waste can be converted into eco-friendly biogas.

The system Rahul Jayesh Vyas adopted is simple. According to him, “He will give buckets to his neighbours to collect their organic waste, such as rotten vegetables and leftover food. He will then dump this into the biogas plant.”

Vyas, who is the president of Desai ni Pol Yuvak Mandal, said: “Around 5kg organic waste is generated in my unit… I used to feel guilty every time had to dump the waste in my neighbourhood. When TOI’s Youth Brigade inspired me on waste management, I decided to switch to biogas.”

He said the plant will also rid the area of cowdung and help him save lots of money. The biogas plant not only saves on LPG costs, but also gives high quality organic manure.

Speaking to TOI, managing director of Sintex Industries Ltd, S B Dangayach said: “The I Lead India campaign deserves all-round applause. The only thing the Youth Brigade need to focus is its sustainability. It will be great if they rope in AMC in their drive and compel it to penalize polluters. We have provided the first biogas plant free of charge to motivate others to adopt eco-friendly biogas.”

According to Bishad Shah, product manager, Sintex Industries Ltd, once organic matter is processed in the biogas chamber, methane is released. The methane fuels the stove. Ten kg of waste can produce gas to cook 10 meals. He said 7.5 kg of food waste can produce 1 cubic metre of biogas, equivalent to .46 kg of LPG.

A one cubic-metre capacity biogas plant costs around Rs 19,000. It requires 2x2m space and needs 12-13 kg of biomass.

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