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GOBAR DHAN Scheme: PM Inaugurates Asia’s Biggest Biogas Plant

 

GOBAR-DHAN scheme: Relevance

  • GS 3: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

 

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GOBAR-DHAN scheme: Context

  • Recently, Prime Minister has launched Gobar-Dhan (Bio-CNG) Plant” in Indore under the overarching principles of “waste to wealth” and “circular economy” for maximising resource recovery.

 

Asia’s Biggest Biogas Plant: Key points

 

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गोबर धन योजना: प्रधानमंत्री ने एशिया के सबसे बड़े बायोगैस संयंत्र का उद्घाटन किया

About the Bio CNG plant in Indore

  • The Gobar-Dhan plant has a capacity to treat 550 tonnes of segregated wet organic waste per day. The plant is expected to produce around 17,000 kg CNG and 100 tonnes of organic compost every day.
  • Based on zero-landfill models, the plant will not generate rejects by maximising resource recovery.
  • It is also expected to yield multiple environmental benefits like reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, providing green energy along with organic compost as fertiliser.
  • The project has been implemented by Indore Clean Energy Pvt Ltd, a Special Purpose Vehicle set up by Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) and Indo Enviro Integrated Solutions Ltd. (IEISL).
  • IMC will purchase a minimum of 50% of CNG produced by the Gobar-Dhan plant. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the municipal corporation will run 400 city buses on the CNG.
  • The government is working on introducing 75 more Bio-CNG plants in 75 other districts and villages to benefit farmers in the animal husbandry sector.

 

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What is GOBAR-DHAN scheme?

  • Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation has launched the GOBAR (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources) – DHAN scheme in 2018.
  • The scheme is being implemented as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin).
  • The scheme aims to positively impact village cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste.
  • The scheme also aims at creating new rural livelihood opportunities and enhancing income for farmers and other rural people.

 

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