In a revolutionary incident, a Hoshiarpur- based Lambra Kangri Multipurpose Cooperative Service Society in collaboration with the people of the villages have shunned the ‘costly’ liquefied petroleum gas otherwise known as LPG gas cylinders and have started using biogas as a substitute for LPG. The society has been awarded with Dr Shirin Gadhia Sustainability award by Eco Centre, ICNEER in association with Muni Sewa Ashram.
The award has been instrumental in the promotion of biogas through their piped biogas plant for the community which has now become a model for the others to learn from and follow. The step has made cooking food an inexpensive task for the residents of Lambra village of the district. The project manager of society Jaswinder Singh said that he had given a presentation regarding this in the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation on February 22.
Incidentally, the Lambra Kangri Multipurpose Cooperative Service Society was established in 1920 by the forefathers of Jaswinder Singh who is the project manager of the society. The society, since then, has been working for the welfare of the people in this area.
The first installation of 36 connections has already been provided and is running successfully.
The biogas meters as well as chullahs have been provided to the members of the society on its own expenses. The price of the gas cylinders is between Rs 800-850 but the villagers here get a bill ranging from Rs 150 to 200 per month. The society has also started providing biogas to the senior secondary government school of locality and has also started providing mid- day meals to the students.