Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has repeatedly backed the necessity for growing the nation’s scale of ethanol manufacturing and lately underlined that farmers want to flip to ethanol manufacturing as a substitute of rising standard crops to improve profitability in addition to improve provide.
As per information company PTI, Gadkari highlighted that the necessity for flex fuel is based on the truth that India spends round ₹8 lakh crore every year on importing fuel, a determine that may come down if flex fuels grow to be widespread.
And for this, ethanol manufacturing wants to be enhanced. “Farmers in the country today give us foodgrains. But they should also start giving energy. The country currently spends ₹8 lakh crore a year on fuel import, and the amount can go up to ₹25 lakh crore in the future. If such a big amount goes to farmers, then they will not commit suicide,” he reportedly stated in Aurangabad.
Gadkari additionally talked about that automotive corporations are prepared to deliver in flex engines to the nation.
Last month, Gadkari had stated that it could take not less than six months for flex fuel engines to come to India. “We were planning to submit an affidavit in the Supreme Court to allow manufacturing of flex-fuel engines under the Euro IV emission norms…But now I feel that we will ask all vehicle manufacturers to make flex-fuel engines (that can run on more than one fuel) under the Euro VI emission norms in the next 6-8 months,” he had stated.
The Centre lately issued a draft notification on ethanol mixing in petrol. It proposes 12% and 15% ethanol mixing in petrol as automotive fuels, which shall be out there as E-12 and E-15 respectively.