Karnataka: Farmers near Chamundi Hills asked to supply cow dung to biogas plant
The biogas plant has been planned at Hosahundi village near the APMC market, under the Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan (GOBAR-DHAN) scheme
Mysuru: Cow dung, which was being wasted by releasing it into underground drainage lines, will now be a means of earning money for dairy farmers who live at the foot of Chamundi Hills. The farmers will supply cow dung to a biogas unit which will generate energy from cattle and organic waste.
The biogas plant has been planned at Hosahundi village near the APMC market, under the Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan (GOBAR-DHAN) scheme.
Hosahundi gram panchayat member G B Lokesh said that the farmers are assured to get Rs 2 per kilogram of cow dung supplied to the plant. There are nearly 2,500 houses in Bandipalya, 157 houses in Gudemadanahalli, 150 houses in Yeligehundi, 750 houses in Uttanahalli and around 2,500 houses in Hosahundi villages, which will supply the cow dung generated in their village to the unit.
“After LPG cylinders were supplied to the villages, most of the cow dung was released into UGDs by villagers. The biogas plant which generates gas will supply it to the five villages for cooking and other purposes for a cheaper rate than LPG cylinders. The villagers will earn money from supplying the cow dung and save money by paying less for the biogas,” he said.
The authorities have identified nearly two acres near the BSNL office for the plant. “As the plant will be close to Hosahundi village, we have requested the biogas to be supplied first to Hosahundi village. The project was delayed due to the lockdown,” Lokesh said.
Zilla panchayat president B C ParimalaShyam said that two places, Hosahundi village in Mysuru taluk and Devanuru village in Nanjangud taluk, were identified for setting up the biogas plant.
“However, the project was finalised at Hosahundi village. Organisations like The National Institute of Engineering (NIE) Trust, RP Associates and Bhageeratha have expressed their interest in establishing the plant,” she said.