DRDO terms the study by IIT Chennai on its biodigesters flawed

The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) made the statement after examining the recent media reports on a study undertaken by IIT, Chennai on DRDO developed biodigesters


New Delhi: The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in a media statement has termed the study undertaken by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai on the biodigesters developed by it as flawed.

“The DRDO has examined the recent media reports on the study and its team has also interacted with Prof Ligy Philip who had undertaken the study. After examining the information available it emerges that the experiment design by IIT, Chennai was flawed and results of the study are inaccurate,” stated the clarification issued by the DRDO.

DRDO has called the statement by Prof Ligy that organic matter (Human waste) collecting in the bio-digesters does not undergo any kind of treatment as factually incorrect.

The investigator had not undertaken any study on biodigesters fitted in Indian Railways and the reference to the same in the news articles is false and misleading, said the statement further. “The study had been undertaken without interacting with DRDO and it appears that the study has been conducted without understanding how the technology works”.

DRDO statement mentioned that the biodigester technology has been proven over the years and Indian Railways has implemented the same on a very large scale after trying out various options from India and abroad. “The application for biodigester for rural sanitation has the potential to become the single most important factor for the Swach Bharat initiative,” it mentioned in conclusion.