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Rajasthan: the first state to declare biofuel policy

The Rajasthan government on Friday released biofuel rules-2019 on the eve of the World Biofuel Day. Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot said Rajasthan is the first state in the country to bring the policy for biofuel after the notification of the Centre.

Promotion of biofuel will reduce the need of fossil fuel in the interest of environment, and also generate employment opportunities, he said in a function at Science Park here.

Transport minister Pratap Singh said that efforts will be made to use biofuel in the buses of state road transport corporation. Senior officials were also present at the function.

In India, both the usage and supply of biodiesel is not widespread yet and is the main issue along with the cost.Currentlym jatropha seeds were used to produce biodiesel, but the production has not been consistent.

In 2013, the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) lab at Dehradun had produced India’s first indigenous bio-jet fuel, but could not be tested or certified for commercial use on aircraft due to lack of test facilities in the civil aviation sector.

In May this year, the formidable workhorse of Indian Air Force (IAF), the Russian made AN-32 aircraft was formally fleet certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel.

Earlier this month, India’s largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India pledged for the usage of all kinds of green technologies, including CNG and hybrid cars, and the increasing use of biofuels.