Alternative fuel: Construction of 100 bio-gas plants in final stages

Published: May 12, 2012
400 plants in the pipeline, 45 already operational, says Gujranwala DCO. DESIGN: RIZWAN AHMED

400 plants in the pipeline, 45 already operational, says Gujranwala DCO. DESIGN: RIZWAN AHMED


Construction of 100 bio-gas plants is in final stages in various villages of Gujranwala, District Coordination Officer Muhammad Amin Chaudhry said on Friday.

He was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of a bio-gas production plant in Benka Cheema village in Gakhar.

The DCO said work on 45 plants had been completed. He said gas supply to respective villages had also begun form these plants. Work on another 400 plants would soon be started, he added.

DCO Chaudhry urged the livestock farmers and affluent people to come forward and cooperate with the administration in establishing more biogas plants. He said many more villages could benefit from the facility if plants could be established at all the 2,665 livestock farms in Gujranwala.

Citizens Community Board (CCB) chairman Mian Attaur Rahman, secretary Nasir Ghumman, coordinator Muhammad Israel and plant owners Rana Riasat, Rana Muhammad Yaqoob, Rana, Maqbool and Rana Abdul Ghani were present at the ceremony.

CCB chairman Rahman said plants were being set up on a public-private partnership model. He said 80 per cent of the cost of a plant was borne by the government and 20 per cent by the land owner. He estimated the cost of a plant at Rs160,000.

About the 100 under construction plants, he said the government had released Rs8.4 million of its share (Rs15 million) to the contractors.

The remaining Rs6.6 million would be released once construction was complete, he said.

CCB coordinator said the pressure of gas generated by these plants was 300 per cent more than Sui Gas.

He said the pressure remained constant up to 400 feet away.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 12th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • WoW
    May 12, 2012 - 11:47AM

    That is the way to go.


  • vigilant
    May 12, 2012 - 2:04PM

    Good work……must be spread to other parts of country


  • May 12, 2012 - 5:45PM

    Good atleast someone is working for people


  • Zamir Malik
    May 13, 2012 - 5:13AM

    We should appreciate this initiative of Punjab government. Also the bio gas plants should be established everywhere in Pakistan especially in Sindh as well and Punjab government should help Sindh government as well with its technology.


  • Big Rizvi
    May 13, 2012 - 10:18AM

    The perfect solution to our orchestrated fuel shortage.


  • May 30, 2012 - 3:40AM

    Why did we discontinue the bio gas projects that were started by Junejo government? Irony that we had these schemes introduced decades ago and we didn’t benefit from them. Subsequent Governments were too busy exploiting the balcoh resources and robbing previous governments of any good work they had done. Had we continued with Bio Gas and Nai Roshni school projects and not abolish them because they were started by a PM under GHQ’s thumb, we could have met our energy needs and literacy crisis.


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