Having a hard time to believe? The centre in the Nitte, Udupi region of Karnataka has found out a cheaper alternative. A diesel fuel that is made by reacting vegetable oil with other common chemicals. It is less expensive, renewable and a clean-burning fuel. It can be used in any diesel automotive engine in its pure form or blended with petroleum-based diesel at any concentration.
NMAMIT(Nitte Mahalinga Adyanthaya Memorial Institute of Technology ) is the first one to produce biodiesel using the waste oil used for cooking from the hotels and bakers in the area. Rather than the waste oil being thrown in the drains it will be saved and put to some much-required use. A litre of cooking oil can produce up to 95% of bio-diesel. It is commonly produced by transesterification (a process of exchanging the organic group R″ of an ester with the organic group R′ of an alcohol. These reactions are often catalyzed by the addition of an acid or base catalyst) of the vegetable oil or the animal fat feedstock. This production process is used to convert the base oil to the desired fuel. Any free fatty acids in the base oil are either converted to soap or removed from the process or they are further esterifies using an acidic catalyst. After the processing, unlike vegetable oil, biodiesel has combustion properties that are similar to those of petroleum and can replace it in most current uses. A by-product of the process is glycerol/ glycerine. It is colorless, odourless viscous liquid.
Store your oil
To collect the oil, barrels have been put to various places to store the waste cooking oil after they are done with the day’s cooking. C Vaman Rao, head of the department of biotechnology engineering informed that some places provide the barrels without any charge while some charge them for varying from rupees 25 to 30 per litre. These barrels are taken from the stores on a monthly basis.
The Logical Indian congratulates the institute for their efforts. Given the large scale disposal of waste cooking oil, this finding can go a long way in energy self-sufficiency.
As the clock ticks and the day starts ending, the only thing on the mind of every woman is to rush home. From literally sprinting to informing of their location every minute to the family members, women do it all. All this for just one reason – it’s not safe to be outside after the sun sets. If by chance there is even a slight delay, the family also starts fretting.
Why is being outside after a certain time considered to be unsafe? Well, the answer can be found in the question itself. It is because, as it starts getting darker, lesser women step out and hence roads are perceived to be unsafe.
Volvo beautifully addressed this via a video, set at the background of a popular old Hindi song, showing three women and sending out a simple message that more the women on the streets, more safer it will become. This video struck a chord among a lot of people, especially women who could identify with it.
Volvo, in a bid to encourage women to step out and reclaim their city spaces, organised a night walk. Mumbai Night Walk which was organised by Volvo under the #MakeYourCitySafe initiative in association with CrossBow Miles invited all the women to participate in a great number
The mood for the symbolic march, which was held on May 19, was set up right at the beginning of event with some soul-stirring music and talks by various artists who champion the cause of equal rights for women.
In the final leg of the movement, which was the midnight walk itself was joined by Srishti Bakshi, founder and campaign champion of CrossBow Miles, who also holds a unique feat of walking 3,800 km from Kanyakumari to Srinagar in 230 days for raising awareness for women empowerment through financial and digital literacy. She is of a strong opinion that small steps lead to bigger changes. Problems like misogyny and gender stereotyping cannot change overnight and only sustained efforts towards completely removing them can bring change.
Bakshi joined the enthusiastic crowd of women marchers who walked from High Street Phoenix to Mahalaxmi Racecourse. The event had performances by spoken word poet Simar Singh, singer Abhilasha Sinha, singer-songwriter Aarifah Rebello, rapper Sofia Ashraf and award-winning singer Rekha Bharadwaj. The event saw some really acclaimed personalities like Sushmita Sen and Dia Mirza in attendance too.
This is not the first time that such a night march is being organised by CrossBow Miles. Earlier too, public night walks were organised in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Gwalior and New Delhi which were attended by 200-15,000 people in each city.
The Logical Indian congratulates Volvo on the grand success of their initiate #MakeYourCitySafe. We also hope that women leave their apprehension behind and unitedly reclaim their city spaces.