Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during a meeting with Gondia and Bhandara Guardian Minister Parinay Fuke in Mumbai on Tuesday, allotted 100 acres of land for setting up an ethanol and biogas plant in Bhandara. At the project, which will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 1,000 crore, ethanol and biogas will be produced from paddy straw.
Apart from CM Fadnavis and Guardian Minister Fuke, also present during the meeting were Bhushan Gagrani (Principal Secretary to CM), former minister Shobha Fadnavis, Shantanu Goel (Collector, Bhandara), P Anbalagan (CEO, MIDC) and Milind Patke (Executive Director, Bharat Petroleum).
Speaking about the project, Parinay Fuke, who has been pursuing the project since the last one year, said, “3.84 lakh tonne and 3.46 lakh tonne of paddy straw is available in Gondia and Bhandara district respectively. The paddy straw in these districts was burned till now and not used for any other purpose. Paddy straw available in these districts will now be used to produce ethanol and biogas, which will be further used in vehicles thereby reducing the consumption of petrol and diesel and reducing pollution as well. The project will also generate employment and an alternative source of income for farmers.”