India’s First 100% Blast-Proof LPG Cylinders Launched; Will Build A Safer Kitchen For You

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With more and more gas cylinders entering the kitchens of rural households, there is no denying the risks that come with it. Many villagers have admitted to preferring wooden stoves or hearths, as they fear using the heavy, blast-prone Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders, which demand constant supervision while cooking. Most of the country kitchens lack proper space which can protect the cylinders from catching fire or gas leakage. Thus, despite the statistical graphs showing how LPG connection is penetrating nooks and corners of India, the reality is also laden with apprehension.

To address this issue, in the latest advancement in the domain of gas cylinders, 100% blast-proof were unveiled just before National Science Day. These blast-proof composite LPG cylinders are highly resistant to heat, corrosion, rusting and UV rays as well as completely recyclable, states a report by The Hindu. A collaborative innovation by Confidence Petroleum India Limited and Time Technoplast Limited, this range of cylinders has been christened as ‘GoGas Elite’. It has received good feedback from urban users so far and are soon to be commercially launched all over the country, reported India Times.

How blast-proof GoGas Elite cylinders are better

The GoGas Elite cylinders are an upgrade on the explosion-proof Litesafe cylinders launched in 2017 by Time Technoplast Limited. Made from a composite material that renders its upgraded properties, the gas-fibre cylinders are much lighter in weight than their existing steel counterparts. Also, they have been made translucent which enables the user to check the liquid gas level, a first-of-its-kind feature. The fitting and regulation are simpler and more consumer-friendly, in addition to preventing gas leakage.

The best part is definitely their blast-proof quality. The cylinders are so potent that they are safe from exploding even if engulfed in fire. The GoGas Elite cylinder is expected to have a shelf life of around 20 years, while normal steel cylinders last at most 15 to 16 years. However, as of now, these cylinders will cost a little extra. Their present market price is 20% to 25% higher than the available LPG cylinders.

It must be mentioned here that each of these cylinders is subjected to pass a 14-step quality assessment test before it is certified ‘fit for use’ by the concerned government agency.  

Presently, this cutting-edge technology in cooking gas exists in only three other countries globally. India is the latest addition to this elite list.

It might take years for the entire nation to adopt this technology. As of now, users can follow a series of basic precautions to make the kitchen a safer space.

GoGas Elite Cylinders
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For more details, visit the Consumer Guidance instructions provided by LPG or watch the video issued by the government to ensure consumer safety.

Also Read: Earn With The Sun: Karnataka Villages Now Have Solar-Powered Hammers, Xerox Machines & Cow-Milking Devices

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‘Happy Fridge’: The Key To Bridge Food Wastage And Hunger Problem In India

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Rahul Khera and Gautam Jindal, volunteers (aka hunger heroes) at Feeding India, were among the many Delhi NCR residents accustomed to seeing hungry children pick up half-eaten burgers or stale sandwiches from the dustbin and savour those with the brightest smiles. Like many others, they also had the will to promote equitable food distribution but was perplexed about the approach, until they learnt about the community fridge initiative which has gained unprecedented success in Saudi Arabia and few other European countries. Meanwhile, community fridges were already being installed outside restaurants or in public places in a handful of cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Coimbatore and Kochi.

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Needless to mention, with a shocking 103rd rank in the Global Hunger Index and a food wastage estimate of around Rs 58,000 crore – India was perhaps the best country to implement such an initiative. With Gautam’s help, an enthusiastic Rahul invested his own savings to install a ‘Happy Fridge’ outside his residence at Sun City, Sector 54 in Gurgaon. Set up in 2017 by these Feeding India volunteers, the fridge in Gurgaon has inspired the NGO to scale up the project across India.

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‘Happy Fridge’ fostered many smiles

It didn’t take long for the local residents to learn about this laudable endeavour. They welcomed it, as wastage of excess food was a recurring problem in almost every household. “Intimating the localities was no mammoth task, thanks to social media. However, it was difficult to spread the word among those who actually needed the food,” shares Rahul, who went from auto stands to slums, inviting rickshaw pullers, ragpickers or roadside vendors to avail the community fridge any time they feel hungry. “The security guards of our residential complex played a huge role in explaining how the fridge works to the beneficiaries,” he adds.

The operational and maintenance costs of the ‘ happy fridge ‘ are being maintained diligently by the community members.

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“I remember one young man who had arrived from a village looking for some menial day job. Somehow he had run out of his paltry savings and had no money to buy one decent meal a day. For about a month, our happy fridge was his solace, till he earned his first salary from a housekeeping job,” shares a jubilant Rahul.

In another incident, a truck driver returning in the wee hours of midnight was starving after a whole day’s hard work. He had run out of cooking fuel at his home, so our fridge was at his rescue.

“The residents keep all sorts of palatable dishes in the happy fridge, ranging from dry snacks, fruits to cooked meals. Sometimes, they even keep raw vegetables, to ensure not a single bit of good food ends up in their trash while other people go hungry to bed,” reveals Rahul.

On an average, each happy fridge supplies around 10-15 meals in a day. The gratitude and pure smiles of the hungry souls after a fulfilling meal are more than enough to continue to motivate Rahul and his neighbours. In fact, inspired by him, many other communities in the Delhi-NCR region set up community fridges in their areas.

Feeding India will set up 500 Happy Fridges

Since the past few years, Feeding India has been a prominent organisation working in the forefront to solve the hunger problem in India. Primarily, they were involved in redistributing leftover food from weddings and parties among the underprivileged people in different cities of India. Their volunteers, better known as “Hunger Heroes of India”, worked actively to bridge the gap between food wastage and food crisis.

“We used to get a lot of calls from individual households to collect their excess food. However, unfortunately, we lacked the manpower and planning to launch our programme on a door to door basis. We were desperately looking for an alternative when we learnt about the community fridges,” shares Srishti Jain, co-founder of Feeding India.

After interacting with Rahul Khera and other campaigners of community fridges, Feeding India decided to amplify this extraordinary project throughout the length and breadth of India. Presently, they have launched the #FightFoodWaste campaign to install 500 community fridges – nicknamed ‘ Happy Fridge ’. So any passer-by – be it a kid going to school without a lunchbox, or a labourer returning home late at night with no promise of a dinner – can now grab a pack of biscuits or a bowl of ‘dal-chawal’ (rice & lentil soup) to satiate their hunger. Click here to contribute for ‘ Happy Fridge ‘ and ensure India never sleeps hungry again.

Feeding India also urges everyone to make a promise to stop wasting food and instead consider donating it to those in need.

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