Government launches unified registration portal for biogas projects

Current Affairs

  • The Union Minister for Jal Shakti recently unveiled the unified registration portal for ‘GOBARdhan,’ a pioneering initiative aimed at promoting the biogas sector in India.
  • The unified registration portal for ‘GOBARdhan’ serves as a centralized platform to evaluate investment opportunities and participation in the biogas or compressed biogas (CBG) sector.
  • The main objective is to simplify and optimize the procedure of establishing biogas plants throughout the nation.
  • The unified registration portal allows any government, cooperative, or private entity operating or intending to establish a biogas, CBG, or Bio CNG plant in India to obtain a unique registration number.
  • This registration number serves as a key identifier for entities involved in the biogas sector, facilitating their engagement and access to various benefits and support from the ministries and departments of the Government of India.

Objective and Features:-

  • The primary objective of the GOBARdhan scheme is to generate wealth and energy by utilizing organic waste. The scheme encompasses various programs and initiatives under different Ministries and Departments, such as the Waste to Energy Scheme, SATAT scheme, SBM(G) Phase II, Agri Infrastructure Fund, and Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund, among others.
  • The scheme aims to contribute to India’s climate action goals, provide energy security, enhance entrepreneurship, create rural employment, improve health outcomes, and promote sustainable development.

Impact and Benefits:-

  • The GOBARdhan scheme has already resulted in the establishment of over 650 GOBARdhan plants.
  • The unified registration portal is expected to streamline the process of setting up CBG/Biogas plants in India and attract greater investment from private players.
  • The scheme’s implementation will contribute to the reduction of emissions, provide clean energy, enhance sanitation and hygiene in rural areas, create job opportunities, and align with the Sustainable Development Goals.

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