Maharashtra: State government establishes committee for ethanol production, supply roadmap

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Mumbai: Maharashtra government has set up a five-member committee to formulate an ethanol production and supply roadmap in the state.

According to the news report published in The Free Press Journal, the committee will be headed by the state Sugar Commissioner to prepare a roadmap and a state-level policy.

The state government has taken the step after the Union government has decided to increase ethanol production across the country.

The Free Press Journal has reported that the cooperation department desk officer Prashant Pimpale in the government resolution said that the committee will prepare a policy by guiding ethanol manufacturers and making them aware of the stand of the Centre and the oil marketing companies on ethanol production and its marketing.

Recently, Fitch Solutions had stated that India’s ethanol consumption will increase over the next few years, driven primarily by the government’s desire to support the sugar sector by boosting ethanol production but also because of the recovery in road travel following Covid-19 disruptions.

The central government with an aim to lower the expenditure on foreign exchange has set a target of blending 20 per cent ethanol with petrol by 2025. The roadmap for ethanol blending in India 2020-25 was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 5 this year on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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