Shrot (श्रोत ):
- Over 4,000,000 people die prematurely from illness attributable to the household air pollution caused by cooking with solid fuels.
- More than 50% of premature deaths due to pneumonia among children under 5 are caused by the particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution.
- Black carbon (sooty particles) and methane emitted by inefficient stove combustion are powerful climate change pollutant
A statistic is not required to understand the discomfort of thick sooty smoke stinging your eyes and invading your lungs every single time you need to cook a meal. Yet people who depend on these chulhas have shown a historic reluctance to adopt other methods of cooking.
The Shrot, is a cost effective solution. It allows users to continue with their traditional fuel sources —wood, cow dung, discarded coconut shells, agricultural waste—while cutting down the toxic gases and soot produced by more than 50%. And with every cooking cycle it converts the solid fuels to saleable high calorific values charcoal—giving a profit incentive to the BPL and low income homes that typically use the traditional Chulha.
Design and Development by Chitranshu Kumar, IIT Gandhinagar
Guided by Prof. Dinesh Korjan, Consultant of DIC