Biogas, the secret of Kumbalangi's energy

With 500 more  biogas plants  being installed in March, Kumbalangi, the  coastal village is all set to become a Panchayat with the most number of  domestic  plants in Kerala.

Published: 13th March 2013 08:29 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th March 2013 08:29 AM   |  A+A-


Come April, Kumbalangi, the  coastal village  known for its rural tourism, will set a model in energy conservation and sanitation as well. With 500 more  biogas plants  being installed in March, this village is all set to become a Panchayat with the most number of  domestic  plants in the state.

“Kumbalangi already has 850 biogas plants to its credit. We are making all efforts to complete  construction of 500 more plants by the end of March,” said Kumbalangi panchayat president Usha Pradeep.  

The village residents have extended assistance in setting up biogas plants under “Clean Village Project”, a joint initiative by  the  Department of Tourism, District Tourism Promotion Council,  Suchitwa Mission and the Kumbalangi Model Tourism Development Society.

Villagers are being given biogas plants at a subsidised rate. “The actual cost of the plant is Rs 14,000 but a native of Kumbalangi can set up a plant on the premises of his house at Rs 2000. The rest of the amount is subsidy,” Usha said. 

“Plants are being set up by Thiruvananthapuram-based biogas plant consultancy, Biotech, Centre for Development of Biogas Technology and some other non-Conventional energy  sources.Each plant will have a capacity to treat 4 kg of waste and will produce gas for two hours consumption,” she said. 

According to Usha, these plants will transform Kumbalangi into an energy-sufficient panchayat while providing an effective waste management system.

“If the construction of 500 biogas plants is completed within the stipulated time, the Department of Tourism is willing to aid  Kumbalangi for setting up another 500 plants,” Usha said

Usha also stated that the villagers’ response to an awareness programme held at Kumbalangi park on Monday was quite positive.


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