In Indore, the PM inaugurates the GobarDhan municipal solid waste plant

Through video conference, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the “GobarDhan (Bio-CNG) Plant” in Indore today. Mangubhai C. Patel, Governor of Madhya Pradesh; Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh; and Union Ministers Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Dr. Virendra Kumar, and Shri Kaushal Kishore were present on the occasion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his presentation by paying tribute to Rani Ahilyabai and commemorating her connection to Indore. He stated that the word of Indore conjures up memories of Devi Ahiliyabai Holker and her commitment to service. Indore evolved for the better through time but never lost its connection to Devi Ahiliyabai, and today Indore also serves as a reminder of swachhta and civic duty, the Prime Minister remarked. Shri Modi also complimented the magnificent Devi Ahiliyabai statue at Kashi Vishwanath Dham.

Prime Minister emphasized the importance of GobarDhan

The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of GobarDhan, stating that it is made up of wet urban residential trash, as well as waste from livestock and farms. He stated that the chain of production of Gobardhan from trash, clean fuel from GobarDhan, and energy from clean fuel is life-affirming. The Prime Minister said that 75 large municipal bodies will receive GoberDhan Bio CNG plants during the next two years. “This effort will contribute significantly to making Indian cities clean, pollution-free, and energy-efficient,” he stated.

The Prime Minister stated that not only in cities but also in villages, GobarDhan plants are being established to provide additional revenue for farmers. This will contribute to addressing the issue of stray and unsupported cattle, as well as India’s climate responsibilities, he explained.

The Prime Minister stated that throughout the last seven years, the administration has attempted to deliver long-term solutions to challenges rather than hasty fixes. He stated that the government is working on the second phase of the Swachh Bharat Mission to remove lakhs of tonnes of waste that has taken up a thousand acres of land and is creating air and water pollution, resulting in a variety of ailments. The Swachh Bharat movement has resulted in an increase in women’s dignity and the beautifying of cities and villages.

The focus is now on wet waste disposal, he explained. The government is attempting to convert these waste mountains into green zones over the next two to three years. He also expressed satisfaction that the country’s rubbish disposal capacity had expanded fourfold since 2014. Over 1600 municipalities are receiving material recovery facilities in order to eliminate single-use plastic.

Additionally, the Prime Minister emphasized the connection between cleanliness and tourism, stating that cleanliness promotes tourist and fosters the growth of a new industry. As an example of this relationship, he noted interest in Indore’s performance as a clean city. “It is the government’s goal to make as many Indian cities as possible water plus,” he continued. This is emphasized in the Swachh Bharat Mission’s second phase.”

The Prime Minister cited an increase in the percentage of ethanol in gasoline, which has increased from 1% to roughly 8% in the last 7-8 years. During this era, the supply of ethanol expanded significantly, from 40 crore liters to 300 crore liters, benefiting sugar mills and farmers.

The Prime Minister also discussed a crucial Budget decision. Parali or stubble will also be used in coal-fired power plants. “This will reduce farmers’ hardships and also provide farmers with additional revenue from agri-waste,” he explained.

The Prime Minister conveyed his gratitude to the country’s lakhs of safai workers for their continuous efforts to maintain swachhta. The Prime Minister commended them in particular for their selflessness during the outbreak. He spoke about how he demonstrated his respect for the safai workers by washing their feet during the Kumbh at Prayagraj.


Recently, the Prime Minister launched Swachh Bharat Mission Urban 2.0, with the overarching goal of establishing “Garbage-Free Cities.” The Mission is being carried out in accordance with the overall principles of “waste to wealth” and “circular economy” in order to maximize resource recovery — both of which are exemplified by the Indore Bio-CNG facility.

The plant, which was dedicated today, has a daily capacity of 550 tonnes of separated wet organic waste. It is projected to produce around 17,000 kg of CNG per day and 100 tonnes of organic compost per day. The factory is designed on a zero-landfill basis, implying that no rejects will be generated. Additionally, the project is anticipated to provide a number of environmental benefits, including a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, the provision of green energy, and the use of organic compost as fertilizer. 

Indore Clean Energy Pvt Ltd, a Special Purpose Vehicle established to implement the project, was formed by Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) and Indo Enviro Integrated Solutions Ltd. (IEISL) under a Public-Private Partnership model with IEISL investing 100% of the project’s capital of Rs. 150 crores. Indore Municipal Corporation will acquire at least 50% of the plant’s CNG and, in a first-of-its-kind initiative, will run 400 city buses on CNG. CNG in excess of this amount will be sold on the open market. Organic compost will be used to supplement chemical fertilizers used in agriculture and horticulture.

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