BIOGAS PLANTS were constructed by 802 families in Indore division during the past year. An official spokesman informed that the government provided a grant of Rs 3,500 to some of these families under the National Biogas Project. The government plans to construct around 1,500 biogas plants in the division to combat fuel deficiency.
Biogas is a suitable alternative for oil. It rids women of the ill effects of smoke and also lights up villages at very low cost.
Biogas is useful in many other ways also. It can save fuel worth up to Rs 10,000 in a year for the villagers. The by-products of biogas could be used as manure. It reduces the expenses on manure by Rs 300 per five-eighth of an acre. This organic manure increases the productivity of the land. Biogas usage saves trees that are otherwise felled for burning as fuel.
Also, biogas is healthy and does not cause any respiratory diseases. It reduces expenditure on fuel and helps in environment conservation.
Around 20-25 kg cow dung is required for a biogas plant of three-square meters. This can be obtained from six cattle easily.