While Climate Change is at the forefront of discussion on clean energy projects and commitments of world leaders, a village in West Bengal is taking small but steady steps to clean and sustainable energy. The villages in Bhemua 10 No. Gram Panchayat in the vicinity of IIT Kharagpur has been equipped with 15 domestic Bio-Gas Plants which were inaugurated on coming Friday, June 30, 2017.
In rural areas of India to meet the energy requirement in domestic sector in an environment-friendly manner and also to improve the rural economy as well as the quality of life, production and use of biogas from waste materials is a promising option. The manure produced from plants is a good bio-fertilizer may be used for organic farming. To demonstrate this idea, National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC), a Government of India Undertaking under the aegis of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, New Delhi sanctioned a project to IIT Kharagpur under its CSR program to construct fifteen (15) number of domestic Bio-Gas plants, using different waste material in Rural areas of Kharagpur Sub-Division, Paschim Medinipur and Purba Medinipur, West Bengal and nearby areas of IIT Kharagpur.
This project was undertaken by the Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Kharagpur through the Institute’s Institutional Development Program under CSR initiative. The project started in April 2017 under the supervision of Prof B C Meikap & his team. Out of total 15 plants, seven plants (07) have already been constructed, out of which two (02) plants have been handed over to the beneficiaries. Rest five (05) plants will be handed over in a month. The plants were inaugurated by Mr. V.R. Chary , AGM(HR) and Mr. Zafar Iqbal on behalf of Managing Director, NBCFDC, New Delhi in presence of IIT Kharagpur Team and were handed over to beneficiaries, the villagers.
Prof. Meikap said “This Bio-Gas plant may motivate the rural people as Bio-Gas has significant potential to supply sustainable renewable clean energy for cooking purpose to villages in India from bio-degradable wastes. Initiative of NBCFDC will encourage other organizations to come forward for construction of Bio-Gas plants in villages through their CSR program”.
Prof. B. C. Meikap and his team recently have handed over two big bio-gas plants constructed by BDO, Patashpur-II with technical expertise from IIT Kharagpur and plants were inaugurated on June 26, 2017, in presence of local Member of Parliament, Member of Legislative Assembly and Minister of Govt. of West Bengal at Patashpur-II block.