PM inaugurates Asia's largest Bio-CNG plant in Indore

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PM inaugurates Asia's largest Bio-CNG plant in Indore

  • The PM inaugurated Asia's biggest Bio-CNG plant in Madhya Pradesh's Indore via video conferencing under GOBAR-DHAN scheme
  • He said that the campaign will help a lot in making India's cities clean and pollution free

About Bio-CNG plant

  • It has been set up based on the concept of waste-to-wealth innovation in India's cleanest city Indore
  • The plant with 550 MT per day capacity is said to be the biggest of its kind in Asia.


  • It is a purified form of biogas with over 95% pure methane gas
  • It is similar to natural gas in its composition (97% methane) and energy potential
  • It is a renewable form of energy produced from agricultural and food waste
  • A typical bio-CNG station comprises a biogas purification unit, a compressor, and a high-pressure storage system
  • It is an environment-friendly alternative to diesel

GOBAR(Galvanising Organic Bio-Agro Resources) DHAN Yojana

  • It was launched by the Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation
  • It is being implemented as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin)
  • Aim: to positively impact village cleanliness and generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste
  • to create new rural livelihood opportunities and enhance income for farmers and other rural people
  • Focus: keeping villages clean, increasing the income of rural households, and generation of energy from cattle waste
  • The programme will be implemented using the Solid and Liquid Waste Management(SLWM) funding pattern of SBM-G Guidelines.

Benefits of renewable energy

  • Low maintenance cost: these need low maintenance as compared to the traditional sources of energy like coal-based or oil-based thermal power plants
  • Sustainable: is a cleaner source of pollution, thus, benefiting the environment in general and reducing pollution and the associated diseases in particular.
  • Last mile connectivity: it can be used to provide energy facilities to remote and inaccessible areas of the country

Challenges associated with renewable energy

  • Reliability: as the source of renewable energy are variable in nature they cannot be reliable as permanent source of energy
  • Costly: large initial investment, which can be a deterrent at the beginning of the project
  • Creation of storage infrastructure: proper infrastructure is needed for storing of energy which is not available in India as compared to that for non renewable source of energy


  • Since renewable energy requires huge investment to achieve economies of scale, it is necessary to lay down friendly policies so that its potential can be harnessed at maximum level in the country