After the implementation of the scheme to buy cow dung at Rs 2 per kg, Chhattisgarh is now moving towards generating electricity from cow dung. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday launched the power generation project on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
Speaking at the launch of the project at the Kisan Sammelan held at Bemetara district headquarters in Chhattisgarh, Baghel said that there would be participation of villagers, women and youth in the production of green energy in the state.
Baghel said that the world is worried about global warming. There is talk of green energy everywhere, so the government has decided to make electricity from cow dung.
“In every village of Chhattisgarh a unit to generate electricity from cow dung will be set up at Gauthan (where cattle are kept). Under the Godhan Nyay Yojana, electricity will be generated from the cow dung purchased from the farmers. This will not only benefit the environment but will also benefit the women of self-help groups doing dung procurement work.
Bio gas plants, scrubbers and gensets have been installed in Gauthans to generate electricity from cow dung. Biogas will be produced by adding cow dung and water to the biogas tank, which will provide 50 percent amount of methane gas, which will generate electricity by running the genset.
Scientists say that the per unit cost of electricity generated from cow dung varies from Rs 2.50 to Rs 3.
The Gauthans will double the benefits and income of the Gauthan committees and women self-help groups, apart from producing electricity from cow dung and making organic manure, the press note further stated.