Published in Economic & Political Weekly, Volume 15, Issue 20, May 17, 1980, pages 887+889-893.
NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Hemalata Dandekar was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The technology of producing methane gas from cow-dung and other wastes and using it as fuel for various, purposes has received considerable attention in India during the last decade. In the light of the growing energy shortage that the country faces gobar gas is being cited as having great potential for answering the energy needs of rural areas. In this climate it is relevant to explore the desirability of gobar gas technology from the village perspective since, after all, it is the farmer in' the countryside who, ultimately decides whether or not to invest in a gobar gas plant.
This paper, based on the responses of residents of a village in Satara district called 'Sugao', attempts some general statements regarding the constraints on the adoption of gobar gas technology in rural areas. Its findings are that social, spatial, cultural and attitudinal criteria are as important as technical ones in the assimilation (or rejection) of new technology
Urban, Community and Regional Planning