An amount of Rs.142.00 crore has been allocated under “Biogas Programme’ during the current year 2016-17, This was stated by Shri Piyush Goyal Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.
The Minister further stated that Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is promoting setting up of biogas plants under three Central Sector Schemes. National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) caters to setting up of family type biogas plants for meeting cooking energy needs of rural and semi-urban areas of the country. A target for setting up of 1,00,000 biogas plants under the NBMMP has been fixed during the current year, 2016-17 and communicated to the States.
Biogas Power Generation Programme (Off-grid) is meant for setting up of biogas plants in the size range of 25 to 2000 cubic metre per day for producing biogas for power generation in the range from 3 kw to 250 kw or for thermal applications and Waste to Energy Programme for setting up of large size biogas plants to recover energy from Urban, Industrial and Agricultural wastes/residues..