Cow Dung To Power Buses In Pakistan

Cow Dung To Power Buses In Pakistan

Cow poo can emit biomethane gas. 

With funding from the international Green Climate Fund, Karachi will launch 200 buses, a zero-emission Green Bus network fuelled by biomethane. The Pakistani port city of Karachi will introduce cleaner-running buses powered by a decidedly “unclean” fuel: cow poo in a bid to freshen its air and cut planet-warming emissions.

Will our very own Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath have something to learn from this?

The BRT system, to be rolled out over four years, will run on bio-methane produced from manure excreted by Karachi’s 400,000 milk-producing water buffaloes, and collected by the authorities.

The project will prevent about 3,200 tonnes of cow manure entering the ocean daily by converting it into energy and fertilizer at a biogas plant, and will save more than 50,000 gallons of fresh water now used to wash that waste into the bay, Malik Amin Aslam, advises on climate change to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Locals said the new bus system — due to start operating in 2020 — would help reduce air pollution and street noise, but doubted whether it would have enough buses to resurrect the city’s ailing transport system.

Karachi’s public transport system has totally collapsed and most people have to use online taxi-hailing services (and) autorickshaws,” said commuter Afzal Ahmed, 45, who works as a medical sales representative.

Some two decades ago, Chinese-imported buses running on compressed natural gas fell into disrepair and were taken off the road, worsening public transport woes.

Aslam said the BRT system was the first transport project the Green Climate Fund had approved, and would bring multiple environmental and economic benefits”. It would not require operating subsidies, he added.

The cheap, clean bus network will cater for 320,000 passengers daily, and will reduce planet-warming emissions by 2.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent over 30 years, according to project documents.

Will our very own Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath have something to learn from this?

The BRT will consist of a 30km corridor that will benefit 1.5 million residents, adding 25 new bus stations, secure pedestrian crossings, improved sidewalks, cycle lanes and bike-sharing facilities.

The Green Climate Fund, set up under UN climate talks to provide finance to developing countries to help them grow cleanly and adapt to a warming climate, will provide $49 million for the Karachi project out of a total cost of $583.5 million.

The other major funders are the Asian Development Bank and the provincial government of Sindh, where Karachi is located.

Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, CEO of Leadership for Environment and Development Pakistan, a policy think-tank, said calculating the overall impact on the environment was complex, as the buses would be introduced in stages.

Yogi Adtiyanath Solved The Deaths Of 25 Cows

Two persons, one a police inspector and the other an undergraduate student, were also gunned down in the western Uttar Pradesh town on Monday after a crowd hijacked the cow carcasses that were about to be buried and paraded them to ignite passions.

Word emerged during the day that chief minister Adityanath devoted much attention to the death of the cows at a meeting.

He focused mostly on how the cows were killed and how the carcasses were brought to Mahav. He wanted to know about slaughterhouses in the nearby areas and whether they were legal. He asked about the action taken against illegal slaughterhouses and whether the police had ever tried to find out if the legal ones were following all government rules. Adityanath had ordered strong action against those who kill cows.

The district magistrate and senior superintendents of police of their respective districts would be accountable for cow slaughter. They are supposed to stop such incidents at any cost.

Cow sanctuaries to be set up in 24 UP districts.

The Safaris will be developed on land recovered from the recent anti-encroachment drive, mainly around metro cities and in Bundelkhand region. The idea was mooted by the chief minister in Uttar Pradesh Assembly. The chief minister said the government is committed for cow protection and will launch “cow safaris.”

As per UP CM directive, the cow sheds with cattle fodder will be easily available. But not Green Buses. So sad, our very own Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath will not learn from Pakistan’s cow initiative. So sad.