DB Original/ Maharashtra’s 6 districts to be diesel-free in five years, vehicles to run with biofuel

Nagpur: Preparations have started to make six districts of Maharashtra diesel-free in the next five years. Recently, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced that Nagpur, Bhandara, Gondia, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli and Wardha districts would be made diesel-free. In these districts, the biofuel or biodiesel made from the seeds of Karanj vegetation will be used instead of diesel.

The Green Crude Biofuel Foundation is working on this under the guidance of Gadkari. Nearly 3-4 crore plants of Karanj will be planted. When these seeds will be ready, 4 biofuel plants will be established. The biofuel prepared here will be made available in the market, which will be about 15 to 20 rupees cheaper than diesel.

5-year project, 3-4 crore plants to be planted in 3 years

Dr. Hemant Jambhekar, president of the Green Crude Biofuel Foundation, told Bhaskar, “We want to make this model of development a success without any government support. Pollution will also reduce if the use of biofuel is encouraged. Apart from this, there will be countless employment opportunities. The project is starting this year. We are taking help from different NGOs and about 320 single schools through public participation.”

30% oil in the seeds of Karanj

Dr. Jambhekar explains, ‘This is a 5-year project. Karanj vegetation will be used to make biofuel. The reason is that the seeds of Karanja contain up to 30 percent oil. Even from the point of view of biofuel, this oil has proved to be very effective, hence it is also known as the money plant. It is converted into biodiesel by a simple process. On the basis of this biodiesel, we can make these six districts diesel-free.’

Rs 15-20 cheaper than diesel

Compared to diesel, this biofuel will be up to Rs 15 to 20 per liter cheaper than the diesel. The Green Crude Biofuel Foundation plans to set up four biodiesel plants in four districts. The biodiesel can be used in ordinary diesel vehicles and there is no need to make any changes in the engine.

(Story by Ramakant Dadi)