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DRDO brings high altitude waste disposal technology to homes

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on February 28, 2014 Published on February 26, 2014

The Defence Research and Development Organisation's new eco-friendly residential complex at Timarpur, Delhi, has the anaerobic biodigestor technology, that aims to conserve nature.

The biodigestor technology turns human waste into biogas and odourless compost. It was developed by the research team of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) several decades ago. The technology was used by defence personnel in high altitudes.

The technology, to accelerate microbial degradation of organic waste, has now been used in a residential complex for the first time. The entire water would be recycled for various purposes.

``Nature is not something that we have inherited, for our own consumption. Nature is what is entrusted to us to be passed on to our children and future generations,'' noted Avinash Chander, Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development.

He made the remark while inaugurating `Anusandhan Vihar', the first of its kind modern, sophisticated and self contained residential complex at DRDO Estate, Timarpur.

A bio digester park equipped with the DRDO developed biodigester was also inaugurated by Amitabh Kant, CEO, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation.

The complete complex has been designed and developed under the aegis of Directorate of Civil Works and Estates in collaboration with the Directorate of Life Sciences, DRDO. The 5.4 acres eco friendly complex consists of residentail accommodations, along with a sports complex and children's park facility.

As per a study carried out by Defence Terrain Research Laboratory (DTRL), a DRDO laboratory, the ecological balance of the area would be maintained since the complex has adequate amount of greenery. The complete complex has been developed in a record time of 30 months.

Incidentally, memorandum of understandings has been signed with various states, Union territories, FICCI and Ganga Action Plan by the DRDO for installation of more than 18,000 bio toilets across the country, based on the biodigester technology developed by the Life Sciences consortium of the DRDO.

Over 10,000 biodigesters are also being installed in various passenger coaches of the Indian Railways.

Published on February 26, 2014
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