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Saturday, December 1, 2012

biogas plant digester diagram  file photo

To offset the power crisis, a five kilo watt biogas plant project has been inaugurated at Ottanatham, a model village of Tuticorin district. The Project Director of District Rural Development Agency, J. Bellah, inaugurated the project work at a cost of Rs. 3.60 lakh to tap energy resources on Saturday. Biogas, a non-conventional source of energy, has become the mainstay of development at the village, which remains an exemplary to other villages in terms of sanitation maintenance and green revolution. After tapping this sort of renewable energy resource from a public sanitation complex for women, besides drainage wastes, animal wastes and food wastes, 40 lights could be operated for streets and a park being maintained with community participation. While interacting with the villagers, she appealed them to execute waste management in a systematic manner to turn wastes into sustainable energy. Collector Ashish Kumar accorded administrative sanction to enhance rural development with necessary facilities through National Bharat Abhiyan scheme at the village with 2, 153 people. The project is expected to be completed in a month. Relying on the sanitation complex with ten toilets being maintained by ‘Kalapana Chawla’ women self help group, K. Vijayapandian, panchayat president, said the new project would be a significant step. “Ottanatham village has bagged ‘Uthamar Gandhi Award’ for the best administration during 2009 -10 and bagged ‘Nirmal Purashkar Award’ for total sanitation in 2008 -09. The same trend would be maintained to achieve more here,” he said. Twenty-seven self help group members at the village would be involved in monitoring the waste management, V. Subbaraman, Vice President, said. Biogas would be burnt to generate green and clean energy. The biogas yield would be increased as more and more organic waste accumulated, K. Selvaraj, Proprietor, Grace Line Bio Energy, the service provider, said. Many such projects had been emerging in industrial units including seafood industry constantly relying on generation of wastes, he said. T. Subramania Perumal, Biogas Technician, DRDA, S. Subbulakshmi, Block Development Officer and J. Rajasekar, Deputy Block Development Officer attended.


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