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University to cut electricity bills with biogas plant

In India, Bangalore University will install a biogas plant to slash its electricity bills.

Planned for Jnanabharati campus, the new plant will cut the University's current electricity expenditure of Rs2.50 crore a year.

The biogas plant will be powered by 25 tonnes a day of organic waste, which will be supplied by the Bruhat Bangalore Maanagara Palike (BBMP) free of charge for 15 years.

The Indian Telephone Industries (ITI) will install the plant for around Rs1 crore.

Despite being approved by the university's Academic Council on 4 July 2011, the plans were met with apprehension, with some members claiming the plant will emit methane and other poisonous gases which will spread diseases on campus.