?Give subsidy for biogas plants in villages? -Kunwarjibhai Jadhav
Shri Kunwarjibhai Jadhav, senior leader of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), has demanded that all the state governments and the Central Government should encourage the use of biogas and give subsidy to set up biogas plants in villages. He said the biogas, if encouraged properly, could not only bring down the consumption of petroleum products but also could bring about a revolution in villages. Besides using biogas for irrigation, he said, it can also be successfully used in plying vehicles. ?If every village starts using biogas, there could be a revolution all over the country and villages can become self-reliant,? he observed.
According to Shri Jadhav, the technique has basically been invented by Shri M.S. Kapadia, assistant professor in Anand Agriculture University and was successfully demonstrated by Centre For Rural Development and Technology, IIT, Delhi, on February 1, 2005 by plying a car. He said that biogas could be used in irrigation, plying buses, tractors, jeeps, rickshaws, flourmills, pump sets, generators, etc. The compressor of biogas needs to be imported from England, which costs about 3.5 to 4 lakh. The complete plant costs around 10 lakh. He pointed out that bottling plants would be ready at the goshalas of Dhoraji and Idar with the help of IIT. The Gujarat government provides 90 per cent help to the villages that opt for such a plant. Unlike Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) the biogas is cheaper. The CNG costs around Rs 20 per kg, while biogas costs just Rs 10 per kg.