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Amma Canteen awaits fuel from biogas plant

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The Hindu                14.12.2013

Amma Canteen awaits fuel from biogas plant

Defunct:The biogas plant constructed by the Coimbatore Corporation near the Amma Canteen in Saravanampatti is not put to use.- PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
Defunct:The biogas plant constructed by the Coimbatore Corporation near the Amma Canteen in Saravanampatti is not put to use.- PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

At the Saravanampatty Amma Canteen, the breakfast gets exhausted in time and so does the lunch. The canteen managers prepare 1,200 idlis for breakfast and 300 plates each of sambar rice and curd rice for lunch everyday.

A day’s cooking requires a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder – commercial cylinder that weighs a little over 19.50 kg and costs nearly Rs. 1,000. Alongside the fuel, the Corporation needs 20 kg boiled rice, eight kg raw rice, six kg urad dal, six kg toor dal, a litre of oil among other things for the breakfast.

It also spends 38 kg boiled rice, eight kg toor dal, two litres of oil, 15 litre curd among other things for lunch. The civic body supplies the breakfast and lunch at a subsidised price.

To cut cost and to put to better use the waste generated from the canteen, the Corporation built a biogas generation plant that will generate methane gas from the vegetable and food waste from the canteen to fire the stoves.

It also designed the plant in such a way the biogas plant also takes in the waste from restaurants from in the neighbourhood.

According to sources, the biogas plant can take in nearly 500 kg waste a day and generate 15 – 17 kg methane.

The Corporation has spent Rs. 10 lakh towards building the plant.

But no fuel has been generated to date though the construction was completed sometime ago.

The sources say that though the Corporation has been dumping vegetable waste and food waste and gas gets generated there is inadequate pressure to convey the gas to the kitchen.

While visiting the biogas plant a couple of months ago, the Corporation Commissioner G. Latha had said that the Corporation would explore possibilities of setting up such plants at a few other places.

But with problems in the Saravanampatty biogas plant, the Corporation is keen on setting right things before it can build such plants elsewhere in the city, the sources add.

 

Corporation appeals for help in raising Green Park

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The Hindu             21.11.2013 

Corporation appeals for help in raising Green Park

Special Correspondent

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has invited environmental activists and city residents interested in conserving the environment to sponsor tree saplings at the Green Park being raised at Panchapur on the outskirts of the city.

The corporation is raising the park on a five-acre area and plans to plant a variety of saplings, including herbs. The park would house a meditation hall, a small zoological park, a toy train, and models of the seven wonders of the World.

Environmental activists and people interested in conservation could sponsor a sapling by paying Rs. 3,000. So far, about 198 persons have contributed the sum and joined the initiative. Akshaya, a class 6 girl, handed a cheque for Rs. 3,000 to Corporation Commissioner V.P. Thandapani on Wednesday for a sapling to be planted on her behalf at the park, according to an official release.

Those interested in participating in the initiative can call 7639566000, the release added.

 

Now, schools impart lessons in kitchen gardening

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The Hindu            20.11.2013

Now, schools impart lessons in kitchen gardening

Sowing the seed:Eco club students of Sacred Hearts Matriculation School working in the school's herbal garden, in Chennai —Photo: R. Ravindran
Sowing the seed:Eco club students of Sacred Hearts Matriculation School working in the school's herbal garden, in Chennai —Photo: R. Ravindran

In an attempt to re-connect urban students with their food, select city schools, including a school run by Chennai Corporation, are encouraging their children to grow vegetables and medicinal herbs in small patches of gardens created on their premises. “Observing the growth of plants teaches students patience and prepares them to face challenges,” Grace Alwyn, principal of Gateway International School (CBSE), Padur said. The bulk of the lady’s finger, brinjal, and a variety of greens and gourds that they are growing will go to the home for destitute and orphaned girls run by the Brotherhood Education Trust.

Students of Sacred Hearts Matriculation School now know how to sow seeds and nurture plants as part of their ‘Field-to-Table’ programme, where students will be cooking the vegetables they grow. Once a week, the students take to the school’s spacious backyard armed with shovels, buckets and manure.

Sri RKM Sarada Vidyalaya Model Girls Higher Secondary School in T.Nagar, and Chennai Corporation Higher Secondary School in Thiruvanmiyur run similar programmes.

On Monday, Sarada Vidyalaya School students handed out one kg of lady’s finger to the noon meal centre attached to the school, said headmistress Kannaki Prabakaran. V. M. Arya, a student of the school, said she started growing brinjal, chillies and tomatoes in her house now.

S. Kathiyayini, a class VIII student at Sacred Hearts, said: “We have learnt more about soil types, seasonal plants, and we also a got an idea of how our vegetables are grown.”

 


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