Category Archives: COMPOST

Why Do We Need Piped LPG?

If all goes as budgeted  by 2015 eleven cities in Rajasthan will get LPG (Cooking Gas) delivered to their homes by pipeline. The eleven cities are Bharatpur, Alwar, Nimrana, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bhilwara, Bhiwadi, Jaipur, Sriganganagar, Jodhpur and Ajmer. I am sure the authorities have studied the issues regarding the  safety and the  price of the  gas to the end-user in-depth and seeing no downside  are going forward with the proposal.

Bottled LPG is familiar to all of us it is more or less safe and more or less easily available.  An infrastructure is in place and functioning more or less well. So why do we need to spend millions of rupees  on putting in place  a new delivery system which will be as useless as the system it is replacing as soon as we run out of CNG. As we all know the CNG supplies are finite. They will be gone soon enough and who knows what fuel or technology we will be using to cook our food by then.  Further more the new gas delivery system will make a lot of jobs redundant. What will they work at? There is little need to ape the west in all it has done. There will be many studies showing where they went wrong. Why not take it from there? By pass their mistakes and adapt the technology to our local needs.

If a bloc of Flats wants to opt in for piped gas let them do so thru their society and bigger tanks. These societies will  be vigilant about the safety of  their own homes.

We ought to have more CNG and LPG fueling stations in Jaipur for our vehicles. It might improve the  city air some.

Every Jaipur resident’s main concern is the supply of water to the city. What happens when the tubewells  run  dry? Now is the time to plan for that eventuality. Why not use the funds from the piped gas project to improve the prospects of  water supply to the city and to improve and broaden  the existing LPG distribution network.

Why not encourage people who keep animal husbandry to put up   bio-gas plants  to supply bio-gas as cooking fuel to    nearby localities. That should get rid of bio-degradable waste and also produce manure. Milk giving animals are any farmers   prized possessions. They will be cherished even in their old age if we can find a use for having them around even  after they stop giving milk.

WHAT IS LPG
The Hindu On Piped Gas In Flats
The Importance Of Compost

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Why Burn Dry Leaves?

The trees are already shedding their leaves and it is getting warmer in Jaipur. Every morning the streets and home courtyards are littered with fallen leaves. People gather them up and throw them  in the nearby dumpster, thinking their duty is done. What happens next is the dumpster overflows and there are  heaps  of  dry leaves all around the dumpster. And some kind soul  comes along and sets fire to the piles creating a huge bonfire which burns with huge bursts of flames and later on smokes for hours making breathing difficult for hours in the surrounding area. The dumpster, a valuable public property, is in the middle of this conflagration  and becomes useless after a few of such episodes. Furthermore there are strong winds in summers and the ash left behind is blown away further polluting the atmosphere.

The point is we have to change this mind set of burning trash. It surely is the easiest and the cheapest  way out in the short run. And the trash might belong to you and you might think  you are the best judge of disposing it off.  We have to relegate the idea of burning trash to the dust bins of history.

We dispose off all sorts of things in trash. More often than not now a days even chemicals are thrown away like this. What if we burn some chemical like this and cause a health hazard.

There are some waste water purification plants in the pipeline in Jaipur for providing water to the  gardens of Jaipur. There is one in operation at the Man Sagar Lake already but in my humble opinion we also need a plant which will process these leaves and other bio-degradable wastes because disposing off trash by burning has to go. As this option is expensive our Rajasthan Government will have to help in implementing it. But if you are a do it your self enthusiast and have some space in your garden you can compost the leaves and use it as organic  manure in your garden.

Please visit the links given here below for some more information.

A Guide To Managing Organic Yard Waste

Options For Disposing Of Leaves

Daily Dump Compost At Home An Indian Initiative