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Restaurants in Goa to be equipped with 'Biogas supply network' in a bid to boost sustainable dev.

Adding to the list of initiatives for building a sustainable future, the Chief Minister of Goa has announced that a few restaurants in the state capital would be equipped with the biogas facility. The Biogas supply grid is being set up in Panaji by the city municipal corporation, for which a matrix of a dozen biodigester plants has been installed in the city.

Free of cost facility at the initial stage

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The Chief Minister informed that no fee shall be charged for the facility from the benefitted restaurants at the initial stage. "It is a new innovative system, where we will use the biogas generated by these biodigester plants and supply it free of cost to restaurants located near these plants at the initial stage," Sawant said. He further added that the city corporation's intervention is aligned with the Goa Government's sustainable development goals(SDG).

The CM stated that the restaurant owners will be advantaged by the new initiative in terms of reduced costs. The biogas will not only help in lowering the cost of LPG cylinders by half but will also provide added merits like minimized emissions. The biodigesters will produce clean and efficient fuel from food, vegetables and other organic material which are often wasted and thrown out in the open.

Goa to explore renewable energy sources for its growing power needs

Goa's government has requested the Union Ministry for New & Renewable Energy to conduct a feasibility study to explore the possibilities of setting up power production plants from renewable sources of energy. The proposal attempts to harness the state's full potential for environment-friendly methods of power production from sources like solar, wind, hydro, biomass, wave and tidal and storage of solar power.

While the state aims to execute more projects for achieving its sustainable development goals, the current initiative for accelerating usage of biogas can prove to be a game-changer in many ways.

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