Dholkheda Village, Dausa-Rajasthan, October 31, 2014 – Humana People to People India (HPPI) in collaboration with UFF Finland and Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Finland, inaugurated Renewable Energy Project “Biogas for enhanced quality of life 2014”- a 400 Biogas plants construction project in Dausa, Rajasthan on Wednesday October 29, 2014.
The event was inaugurated by Honourable Mr Aapo Polho, Ambassador Embassy of Finland, New Delhi through ribbon cutting ceremony of Biogas plant of Mr.Hariram Meena, a resident of Dholkhera Village. He congratulated the project team for addressing the problem of environmental degradation and energy crisis in rural India. The event began with Mr Bharat Dayal, Project Co-ordinator, Biogas project, HPPI, emphasising the need of biogas technology and its impact in an agrarian community.
Biogas is a self –sustaining farm-based energy system derived locally from animal dung and agricultural wastes. HPPI has been promoting the use of biogas since 2010 and has developed a unique model integrating promotion of Biogas Units and Sustainable Agriculture. As implementation partners HPPI will use their existing synergies with the rural households to establish 400 standardized (Govt approved) Deenbandu Biogas plant models for their technical viability and ease of maintenance. Each facility will be a 2 cubic meter family sized, fixed dome plant, which will produce biogas for cooking and lighting needs of the household.
In his welcome address, Mr Snorre Westgaard, Executive Director HPPI, welcomed all dignitaries and discussed the importance of environmental sustainability as enumerated in the millennium development goals (MDG) and significance of aligning with goals of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India to provide clean fuel for cooking and lighting purposes, organic manure to rural and semi urban households and to mitigate drudgery of rural women and reduce afforestation.
This project is estimated to benefit 7200 individuals, increase annual savings by approximately Rs 23,000 per family/per year, offset carbon footprint by 1840 tons per year (@4.6 ton/per year/per BG plant), decrease medical expenses incurred due to respiratory and ocular diseases and reduce labour of women by 2-3 hours/per day. Bio-Slurry a nutrient rich, organic fertilizer derived as a by-product of producing biogas is used as manure for farming practices, further reducing farming costs. Grassroots institution building through Self help groups(SHGs) and Farmers’ Clubs for capacity building and knowledge sharing are other knock on benefits.
In her thank you note, Shrimati Dr Akula Padmavathi, Chairperson, HPPI expressed her appreciation for the dedicated project team whose efforts ensure the success of this ambitious endeavour in Dausa.
Other dignitaries who graced the event and lauded the efforts of this project were Dr. V.K.Vijay, General Secretary, Biogas India Forum (India) and Professor IIT Delhi, Mrs. Aino Himanen , Wife of Ambassador of Finland, Ms. S Uvi Touminen ,Second Secretary, Embassy Finland, Mr Kailash Khandelwal, Board Member, HPPI, Shri Shamsuddin Khan, CEO, Zila Parishad (Dausa), Dr. D.S.Bhandari and Dr, A.C.Mehta, Directors Rajasthan Gau Seva Sangh, Dr. S.S.Singh, Ex Senior researcher, Directorate of wheat Research, Dr. JPS Dabas, Head of Agricultural Extension and Biogas, IARI, New Delhi, Dr. B.L.Jat, Agronomist, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Dausa, Mr. Kundanala Meena , Assistant Director, Agriculture, Dausa, Dr, Bharat Sharma, Ex Water Expert, IWMI, , Mr. Gaurav Singh, Representative, Letz Dream Foundation and Ms. Minja Huopalainen , Partnerships Manager, UFF Finland.