The University Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Panjab University (PU) would inaugurate its first biogas plant at Kasauli village on March 8.
The plant, being launched under the 'Bio-Indhan' (bio-fuel), aims to provide an alternative to traditional fuels that cause indoor air pollution in rural areas and affect the health of women.
The biogas plant would encourage people to avoid using solid fuels, mainly wood and cattle dung cakes, and shift to a clean, green source.
The plant will use animal excreta and organic waste as the raw material and fulfill the cooking needs of 10 -15 people each day.
Moreover, the by-products from this plant would be used as manure, which would be superior in nutrient qualities than the usual inorganic fertilisers.
The biogas plant has been constructed under the guidance of Suresh Kumar Goyal, DM, Punjab energy development agency (PEDA) along with 112 team members led by Prof Seema Kapoor.