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Lucknow to soon get its first Bio-gas plant

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Lucknow: The city is a step closer to getting the compressed biogas plant which will convert cow dung into energy, fuel and fertilisers.

A 150-tonne capacity plant will be set up at Kanha Upvan – cattle shelter home. For this purpose, an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed among Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC), Bharat Biogas Energy Ltd and JBM Renewable Pvt Ltd at Raj Bhawan on Tuesday.

As per the agreement, the civic body will give 7.5 acre land on to the private companies to set up a fully automated plant with production capacity of 15,000 cubic metres of biogas every year. As a by-product, 20,000- 30,000 tonnes of organic fertilizers and 1-1.5 lakh litre of liquid fertiliser will also be produced here annually. Kanha Upvan has about 10,000 cattle whose dung will be used for production of biogas and fertilisers.

The process to set up the plant has started with the MoU and the deal will be finalised after getting a green signal from the state government. The initiative will reduce dependence on petrols and diesel and protect the environment, besides helping in increasing production of crops. LMC will use the products itself and also sell in the market for revenue. The income will be shared with the private partners, said city mayor Sanyukta Bhatia, who was present on the occasion.

The idea of such a plant was first mooted by the LMC in 2014. However, it got wings after the governor, Anandiben Patel, motivated the civic body to go for it following a presentation on biogas made by the Bharat Biogas Energy Limited in Raj Bhawan recently. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath was also present during that presentation. Acting on the advice LMC prepared a report.

Experts say cow dung is a major source of biogas, which is an environment-friendly biofuel that is naturally produced from the decomposition of organic waste. The digester in a biogas plant converts chemical compounds in dung into biogas which can be used as a source of energy like heat, electricity and fuel.

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The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the largest-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in India in March 2021. It was followed by the Hyundai Venue, Mahindra Bolero, Tata Nexon and Kia Sonet. Let us have a look at the sales numbers of all these models for the month of March 2021.

Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 11,274 units

Continuing its hold over the sub-4metre compact SUV segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza emerged as the best-seller with sales of 11,274 units in March 2021. It is priced between 7.51 lakh and Rs 11.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hyundai Venue – 10,722 units

Following the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the Hyundai Venue with sales of 10,722 units in March 2021. The Venue is available in the price range of Rs 6.87 lakh to Rs 11.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Mahindra Bolero – 8,905 units

The third best-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in March 2021 was the Mahindra Bolero with sales of 8,905 units. It is offered in the price bracket of Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Nexon – 8,683 units

At the fourth position was the Tata Nexon with sales of 8,683 units in March 2021. The Nexon’s price starts at Rs 7.10 lakh and goes up to Rs 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Kia Sonet – 8,498 units

The fifth and final position on the list of the top five best-selling compact SUVs in March 2021 was occupied by the Kia Sonet, which registered sales of 8,498 units. Its price ranges from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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