The Golden Temple Kitchen is now a Smart Kitchen with the SGPC setting up its biogas plant to fuel its need of feeding 60,000 devotees of the community on a daily basis.
The initiative is profitable in two ways. First, the temple will not need fuel round the clock which is economically expensive and two it can use leftover huge vegetable wastage formed each day and make a contribution towards a sustainable effort.
The Amritsar Municipality Corporation along with the SGPC is all set to install the plant which is costing around Rs 2 crores. This biogas plant is in partnership with the HPCL or the Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd as its strategic move to Corporate Social responsibility.
The plot near the Sri Guru Ram Dass Langar Hall is already specified for the expansion. The current high need of firewood to keep the temple kitchen running 24 hours will not be needed in the future once the biogas plant is set up and hence it will also avoid generating the high pollution it is generating currently.
Generally, in order to cook the langar, the temple used 90 LPG cylinders at the moment. But on special festivals like the Diwali, Sangrandh or Gurpurbs around 125 cylinders were needed. Several times the SGPC’s was requested for a subsidy as the cost of commercial LPG cylinders is really high these days but never got an answer.
The Smart Kitchen move will help the temple save up tones and also make use of the huge amount of vegetable waste been generated. As the official formalities are over, in four months time, the basic infrastructure can be set up to start the biogas concept in the Golden Temple of India. This can also be a motivation for using it to other such shrines in the nation.