How about building a house which suffices all your needs right from food to water to even air? Sounds mind boggling? Well, here is a 71 years old gentleman who has brought this mind-boggling imagination to reality. He resides a the home that has a small jungle, self-generated electricity, and a rainwater harvesting system too.
“Do not expect the government to find all the solutions for your problems. Help the government by finding your own solutions” he says as he walks through the greenery around his house sipping on a cup of coffee. His stove is powered through his own biogas plant, while the solar panels installed on his rooftop generate electricity. The backyard of his home has a soft aroma of spices and vegetables always lingering.
Being an IIT-Madras and IIM-A graduate his career span marks 45 years of sincerity. Mr.D.Suresh lives in Chennai along with his wife, son and a daughter in law, who encourage him in his endeavours towards society.
“In a country like India where sunlight is in abundance, the use of solar power should be encouraged.” He points out. Even on mildly sunny days this solar power is capable of fulfilling his electricity requirement. He says it took just one day to finish the set up. There are times when rains are heavy, and in such times the charged batteries help in supplying the electricity required. Hence, there is hardly any issue relating to electricity. “It has been four years since he has faced his last power cut” he says, even though the city is more prone to load shedding than others. “It is a sustainable, affordable and viable project, presently giving over six percent tax-free returns including battery replacements” he added further.
The rainwater harvesting system was set up around 20 years ago. There is no daily maintenance requirement and only a little cleaning is required during the monsoons.
ORGANIC KITCHEN GARDEN
Not only fresh water and sustainable electricity, Mr.D.Suresh has even taken organic food into consideration. He also owns an organic garden in his kitchen where he grows organic fruits and organic vegetables. He believes in a healthy approach towards life, which enabled him to create this organic garden. Mr.D.Suresh manages to save a lot of his income through these methods and moreover contributes to the sustainable development of the society.
His external gas needs can be sufficed through the bio-gas plant present on his land. A bio-gas plant adhering to a one cubic per metre capacity can process 10kg of organic waste, producing 20kg of gas per month. This generates two amply useful resources, namely organic manure and cooking gas. Moreover, the bio-gas is not compressed, which means there is no risk of explosion or leak involved. The bio-gas plant is absolutely convenient and safe.
He has also aided in the installation of such systems in 4 schools, 3 offices and 7 households in Bengaluru. He believes that education backed by persuasion is the key to make people aware of the virtues we have been overlooking. The Organic Garden supports such initiations. It aims to create such sustainable Eco-systems whenever and wherever possible. We salute and appreciate the efforts of Mr.D.Suresh.