Bihar aims to become ethanol hub of country

The ethanol revolution will boost the industrial growth of the agricultural-rich Bihar, reports The Times of India.

Bihar has the highest number of ethanol plants under the new ethanol policy of the government of India. Two plants out of the 17 approved so far have been inaugurated and the remaining is ready for commissioning in the next few months.

The first-ever ethanol plant in the state was set up in Purnia and inaugurated by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on May 7 2022. The plant can produce 65,000 litres of ethanol per day.

The second ethanol plant at Motipur in Muzaffarpur district was inaugurated on April 6, 2023.

Sandeep Paundrik, additional chief secretary (industries) was quoted as saying to TOI, “With abundance of raw material, including maize and water, Bihar is set to be the ethanol hub of the country,”

Bihar is the first state in India to introduce ethanol policy. The state aims to become a hub for ethanol production and also taking steps to attract investment for the sector. Many companies have recently shown interest in setting up ethanol plants in the state.



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