Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has inaugurated India’s first ethanol plant in Purnia district, Bihar. The plant has been set up by Eastern India Biofuels Private Limited at a cost of Rs 105 crores. Bihar came up with an ethanol production promotion policy in the first half of 2021. It is the country’s first grain-based ethanol plant.
- The plant, situated at Ganeshpur Parora, about 12 km from Purnia town, is spread over 15 acres of land.
- Purnia, Katihar, Araria and Kishanganj districts, known as the Seemanchal region, account for 80% of the total maize produced in Bihar and together produce 30-35 lakh metric tonnes (MTs) from April to August.
- Bihar came up with an ethanol production promotion policy in the first half of 2021.
- In Bihar, 17 ethanol production plants are being set up, which is likely to produce 35 crore litres of fuel every year by using sugarcane, molasses, maize and broken rice.
- The ethanol manufactured will be supplied to oil marketing companies for blending into petrol and diesel.
- Ethanol plants are being set up in Muzaffarpur, Bhojpur, Nalanda, Buxar, Madhubani, Begusarai, Gopalganj, East Champaran, Bhagalpur, besides Purnia.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Bihar Capital: Patna;
- Bihar Governor: Phagu Chauhan;
- Bihar Chief Minister: Nitish Kumar.