The people of the Kanchirangal panchayat in Sivaganga are excited to have their village’s collective work on converting waste to wealth has found a mention in the Mann ki Baat programme. The panchayat president KSM Marimuthu says he is amazed that his remote village in a remote district has been noticed and its good works have been appreciated by none other than the Prime Minister himself.
The local body president Mr Marimuthu cannot believe his eyes and ears yet that the waste to wealth project being implemented on a minor scale in his village has caught the attention of the nation, to the extent of its mention by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his popular Mann ki Baat address. He says the project cost for the conversion of the perishable waste being generated in his village into biogas, and then into electricity, has been 66-lakh rupees. But it has resulted in a saving of about 12 lakh rupees a year as the street lights are being operated using the power generated from the innovative project.
Above all, the streets are now free from litter and are neat and clean, as the wastes are promptly gathered and transported right from the doorsteps of the people to the gas based power plant. It clearly demonstrates that with the proper application of available technology, even waste can be a source of wealth besides bringing cleanliness and fame.