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IGL, Mahindra join hands to produce fuel from crop stubble

The project aims at converting paddy and wheat straw into gas which can be used to run generators for lighting up villages or boost IGL's supplies for meeting its expanding consumer base

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Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL), the sole supplier of clean-burning natural gas as automotive and kitchen fuel in the National Capital Region (NCR), has joined hands with Mahindra Waste to Energy Solutions (MWESL) , a subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra, for designing and developing plants for producing gas from crop stubble and organic waste, providing cultivators a remunerative alternative to burning farm waste, The Times of India reported.

IGL is the second company to join efforts at stopping stubble burning. Public sector power generation company National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) earlier this month started the process of procuring crop stubble pellets to fuel at its Dadri power plant with the aim of giving farmers a profitable alternative to burning crop residue and opening up a new market for rural entrepreneurship, the newspaper report says.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by IGL and MWESL envisages setting up such plants in Delhi and other cities such as Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Rewari, Gurugram and Karnal where IGL supplies CNG and PNG. The plants in Gurugram and Karnal are set to start operations shortly, according to the TOI report.

The project aims at converting paddy and wheat straw into gas which can be used to run generators for lighting up villages or boost IGL's supplies for meeting its expanding consumer base. The leftovers will be used as organic fertiliser to improve soil quality, the newspaper reported.

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