The Tihar jail complex is going green.
The authorities plan to use the garbage churned out by the jail’s 11,500 inmates each day to produce biogas and electricity, and also tap solar energy across the 400-acre premises.
The jail complex wants to produce all the energy it requires through green means in about three years.
The project began recently as a collaboration between the new and renewable energy ministry and the jail administration.
B.K. Gupta, director general (prisons), said under the Rs 96.5-lakh project electricity-producing biomass gasifier plant/s would be set up to light the Tihar Jail complex and run its manufacturing units, kitchens and bakeries within a year.
Four eco-friendly biogas plants will be established to run the kitchens as well. Solar panels have already been installed to run water heaters.
“Once the project is completed, we’ll be meeting almost 40 per cent of our energy requirements on our own,” Gupta said. “Within the next three years, we expect to meet all our energy needs with the help of the project.”
The energy scheme will save the jail administration Rs 6.6 crore annually.
“The project is part of the ministry’s special area demonstration scheme (SADP),” said SADP’s director Suresh Agrawal. “Its cost will be split between us and Tihar.”
Gupta said: “The project will make the Tihar jail complex the world’s first green detention centre.”
Energy-saving measures already in place at the jail include: four hours of electricity saving daily, and the use of light-emitting diode fixtures and pressurised natural gas ovens.