Patna: The Union government has cleared ethanol projects worth Rs 3400 crore for Bihar, said Industry minister Shahnawaz Hussain. He was speaking at a function organized by Bihar Industrial Area Development Authority (BIADA).
The ethanol production units in Bihar have been increased from six to 17 by the Centre increasing the production capacity of 36 crore litres, he said.
According to the news report published in The Times of India, the 17 units will be set up in the 10 districts out of 38 that are known for production of sugar cane, rice and maize, besides having abundant water and cheap labour. These include Bhojpur, Nalanda, Purnia, Buxar, Begusarai, Gopalganj, East Champaran, Bhagalpur, Madhubani and Muzaffarpur.
Bihar is the first state in the country that has announced the ethanol production policy. The state is promoting ethanol production with an aim to become one of the leading ethanol producers in the country.