Haldia : Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated country’s first bio-diesel dispensing machine at Haldia Port. He said, the Bureau of Indian Standards has been asked to set standards for higher usage of bio-diesels in automobiles, locomotives, heavy engineering machines and generators.
The Union Shipping Ministry has decided to utilise 20 per cent of its diesel requirement through bio-diesel at 12 major ports, minister added. Emami Agrotech Ltd, which has its bio-diesel refinery located at Haldia will supply the alternative green fuel to Haldia Port.The Minister said that the bio-diesel produced by palm oil residue by Emami was cost effective. “We are looking at the possibility of buying bio-diesel for all major ports at a price much lower than the petroleum diesel price”, he said. The Minister indicated that the price could be as lower as Rs. 10 a litre.
Meanwhile, the Minister said the Centre was considering allocation of Rs. 25,000-30,000 crore for road infrastructure in West Bengal. He said, they want to give another Rs. 25,000-30,000 crore to West Bengal for new highways, Gadkari said at the Haldia Dock Complex. He indicated, adding another 2000 kms in national highway in the State.