New Delhi: Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is implementing the National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) for setting up of family type biogas plants in rural and semi-urban areas of the country. A target of 1,00,000 biogas plants has been fixed for the current year. This information was given by Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of Parliament) on August 01, 2016.
Mr Goyal further said that the family type biogas plants generate clean gaseous fuel particularly for cooking and meeting lighting needs and replaces use of fuel wood, avoid cutting of trees thereby reducing pressure on forests. Biogas plants help in reducing emission of Green House Gases (GHGs). A budget allocation of Rs 142 crore has been provided for the Biogas Programme for the current year, 2016-17.
The Minister also stated that the other infrastructural frame work for trainings, publicity and information dissemination including technical assistance for setting up of such biogas plants is available from the Biogas Development and Training Centres (BDTCs) located in IITs/Universities across the country and also from the State Nodal Agencies (SNAs)/Departments and Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).