The Akshaya Patra Foundation kitchens have been making efforts in employing eco-friendly and green technologies in preparing mid-day meals for millions of children every day. The year 2013 saw the launch of Biogas plant in the Foundation’s Vasanthapura kitchen located in Bangalore. Following the trend, Akshaya Patra launched ‘BioUrja’ Plant at its Vadodara kitchen in Gujarat on 22nd May 2014.
This bio-waste-to-energy solution is a unique waste management project. The introduction of this eco-friendly source of energy will generate around 115-120 kilograms of LPG equivalent per day. The beneficiary base of the NGO in Vadodara is considerably large and hence the amount of waste generated per day also amounts to be high. This factor also contributed to the need of an eco-friendly and sustainable waste management solution The BioUrja facility of the NGO in its Vadodara kitchen will enable to meet the 1/3rd requirement of the LPG for cooking purpose thereby proving to be a cost effective initiative too.
Akshaya Patra started its first kitchen in Gujarat in June 2007 at Gandhinagar. The NGO extended its operational base to Vadodara in November 2009 and currently feeds 113,593 children across 616 Government schools in and around the city. The third Akshaya Patra kitchen in Gujarat was started in June 2012 at Surat. All the three Akshaya Patra kitchens in Gujarat follow the centralised kitchen format.
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