Indian Parliament building to adopt eco-friendly measures

The Parliament will soon have a bio-gas plant and solar gadgets.

New Delhi: The Parliament will soon have
a bio-gas plant and solar gadgets to cut down costs and
dependence on conventional sources of energy.

Sources in Lok Sabha Secretariat said Speaker Meira
Kumar has asked Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah to
work in this regard. She has also asked for installation of
solar gadgets to cut down energy cost.

Sources in the Renewable Energy Ministry said a scheme
worth Rs 2.53 crore to set up biogas plant by decomposition of
food waste has already been worked out and it will be
implemented by February next year. This will save around Rs
55-60 lakhs currently spend on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).

Around 2 tonnes of food waste produced by the kitchen
of the Parliament everyday will be used to run biogas power
plant that would generate fuel equivalent to over 90 kgs of
LPG and six tonnes of manure every month.

The plant will be sufficient for three kitchen in the
Parliament premises where food is prepared for around 8,000
people everyday during Parliament session.

Besides setting up a biomass plant, the building will
also soon have solar PV systems and solar heaters to promote
renewable energy technologies and ensure regular supply of
20,000 liters of hot water as well 280 units of electricity
per day.

NP Singh, consultant with the Renewable Energy
Ministry said to maintain originality of the historical
building and cut down energy cost, it was important to make
the structure environment-friendly.

According to a study by IIT Delhi, the Sansad Bhawan
consumed electricity of 250 MW and there are three diesel
generator sets of 1500 KVA capacity each to meet emergency
needs during power breakdown.

PTI

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