New Delhi, August 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the second generation (2G) Ethanol Plant in Haryana's Panipat on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister further said that the plant in Panipat will help reduce pollution in Delhi, National Capital Region (NCR) and Haryana.
On World Biofuel Day, the Prime Minister spoke via video conference and said stubble (agricultural waste) was a burden for the farmers but would soon become a source of additional income for them with the help of the 2G ethanol plant.
"The bio-fuel plant of Panipat will be able to dispose of the stubble without burning. Mother Earth will be relieved of the pain she endured due to stubble burning. The stubble was a burden for the farmers, a cause of trouble, it would become a means of additional income for them," he added.
PM Modi further said the country had reached 1.4 per cent ethanol blending till 2014 and it increased to 10. 16 per cent in the last eight years.
He added that the event is important for farmers of Panipat, Haryana and the entire country. "The plant that has been set up in Panipat is a beginning. It will help reduce pollution in Delhi, NCR and Haryana."
The Prime Minister also lauded sportspersons from Haryana for their performance in the Commonwealth Games and said, "The sons and daughters of Haryana have made the country proud by performing very well in the Commonwealth Games. Haryana has given many medals to the country."
"The energy that has been displayed by the players of Haryana in the sports arena, now the farms of Haryana will also create energy," he said.
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL) built the 2G Ethanol Plant near the Panipat Refinery at an estimated cost of over Rs 900 crore.
The project, which is based on cutting-edge indigenous technology, will open a new chapter in India's waste-to-wealth efforts by using about 2 lakh tonnes of rice straw (parali) each year to produce about 3 crore litres of ethanol.
-PTC News with ANI inputs