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Biogas to fuel university hostels

K.C. Deepika

Biowaste will be sourced from BBMP slaughterhouses


Waste will be treated and converted to energy to cook food and heat water at the hostels

The university hopes to substantially cut its annual electricity bill of Rs. 1.5 crore




Going green:The biogas initiative is one of the environment-friendly measures being taken up by Bangalore University on its Jnanabharathi campus.

BANGALORE: The Bangalore University (BU) has taken a significant step towards implementing the ‘waste to wealth' concept on its sprawling 1,100-acre Jnanabharathi campus.

The 12 hostels on the campus will soon be fuelled by the waste generated from the two slaughterhouses of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

Speaking on the initiative, Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev told The Hindu the biogas plant would be set up soon.

A BBMP official said the civic authority's role would be limited to transporting some 25 tonnes of biowaste from the slaughterhouses — on Tannery Road and at K.R. Market — to the Jnanabharathi campus every day.

No charge

According to the agreement, signed here Thursday, BBMP will supply the waste for free to the university for 15 years.

The latter, on its part, will pick up from there by treating the waste and converting it into energy to cook the food at the 12 hostels, to heat water and to possibly even generate lighting from it.

“The entire project will cost about Rs. 3 crore. We spend a large amount on cooking gas and on electricity bills — Rs. 1.5 crore for electricity alone. With this waste plant, we will be able to save on that money,” Dr. Prabhu Dev said.

Dr. Prabhu Dev said this was just one of the many environment-friendly measures being taken up by the university.

“We have already planted 60,000 saplings on the campus, and will plant 40,000 more. Due to this mass planting drive, it has been found that the subsoil water level in Nagarabhavi has gone up by six feet,” the Vice-Chancellor added.

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