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BENEFICIAL: The gas tank of the 85 cubic metre KVIC model unit installed at ‘Angel Dairy Farm’ located in Nallankattalai of Alangulam taluk in Tirunelveli district
BENEFICIAL: The gas tank of the 85 cubic metre KVIC model unit installed at ‘Angel Dairy Farm’ located in Nallankattalai of Alangulam taluk in Tirunelveli district

R. Sairam

By Madurai division of Khadi and Village Industries Commission

MADURAI: A 10-kW Biogas-based power generation unit has been proposed at a Dindigul farm by the Madurai Division of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).

Being mooted under a recently-introduced scheme of the Ministry of New and Renewable Ministry, the scheme provides for substantial subsidy to cover project costs. Dindigul was among the ten southern districts coming under Madurai Division of KVIC.

Sources in the KVIC told The Hindu here on Sunday that ‘Anbu thottam’ spread over 60 acres in Bodikamanvadi village of Athoor taluk in Dindigul district has been identified for the project.

Besides possessing a large number of cattle heads needed for producing cow dung to fuel the unit, the farm hands were already familiar with the technology.

G. Rajeswaran, who owns the farm, said that he had already installed four small-capacity biogas-based units for labourers who use it for cooking. “They find it very useful as expenses on gas cylinders were being saved,” he said.

Confirming the KVIC proposal, Dr. Rajeswaran said that the technology was very useful and was found to be economically viable.

Tirunelveli project

KVIC sources said that a similar project was implemented this January at ‘Angel Dairy Farm’ located in Nallankattalai village of Alangulam taluk in Tirunelveli district.

The owner accrued a saving of Rs. 4,000 per month on his electricity bills.

The 85 cubic metre KVIC model unit was now powering 36 lights (each 20 watt), 14 fans, one fridge, a 1.5 horsepower milking machine and a couple of 3-HP motors, the owner had reported.

The Madurai Division of KVIC has recommended a subsidy of Rs. 4 lakh for the project that cost around Rs. 8 lakh.

Any person having more than 20 cattle heads could approach the KVIC for participating in this project, the sources said. Under this scheme, projects below 20 kW capacity would be eligible for Rs. 40,000 per kilowatt and Rs.30,000 per kW for projects exceeding this threshold.

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