Sampurn Agri Ventures (SAVPL), a Punjab based company is going to set up 42 biogas-based power plants operating on paddy straw, across Punjab, at least two in every district. Each plant will need 70 tonnes of paddy straw every day, news agency IANS reported.
Informing about the plant at press conference, Sanjeev Nagpal, Chairman of SAVPL said that the company had already set up a plant in Fazilka in Punjab, which was approved by Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-Delhi) and Punjab Agriculture University. It is Asia’s first biogas-based power plant.
“Paddy straw is an asset, not a liability. The new technology not just generates nearly 4,000 cubic metres of biogas from 10 tonnes of agricultural residue, but also produces fertiliser”, Nagpal added.
The company said, every 2,500 tonnes of straw handling would create 20 jobs. About 30 million tonnes of straw produced in Punjab and Haryana would generate 3.5 lakh jobs directly and 3 lakh jobs indirectly.
The plant is making available an alternative to straw-burning that is said to be a major contributor to high smog levels in the National Capital Region which spiked air pollution in Delhi-NCR region to the emergency level, causing respiratory disease.