On Monday, Nitin Gadkari, Union Road Transport Minister said that Chattisgarh has immense potential in the field of production of bio-fuel. While addressing a gathering in Chattisgarh's drug district Charoda where he mentioned an alternative of fuels that will be cut down to their dependence on diesel and fuel.
He laid off the foundation of and dedicated his eight construction worth that was totally worth of Rs 4,251 crore, including four fly-overs between the Raipur to Drug yesterday. He mentioned, "Growth rate of the agriculture sector in Chhattisgarh is very good. Production of rice, wheat, pulses and sugarcane is abundant here, but the state can also emerge as a bio-fuel (production) hub,"
He even mentioned that the bio-fuel in Chattisgarh was used intensely for the production and was first fuel-powered flight that managed to took off from Dehradun and then landed off in Delhi. The state has that potential to achieve the bio-fuel production success and job opportunities for tribal, farmers and forest-dwellers to empower them.
The Union Minister said, "We are importing petrol and diesel worth Rs 8 lakh crore and prices are increasing. Rupees is falling against dollar. I have been saying for last 15 years that farmers, adivasis (tribals) and forest-dwellers of the country can produce ethanol, methanol, bio-fuel and can (become rich enough to) fly planes..."
He added, "We have decided to exempt vehicles including auto-rickshaws, buses, taxis run on alternative fuels like ethanol, biodiesel, CNG, methanol and bio-fuel from permit requirements. Our petroleum ministry is setting up five ethanol plants, where the fuel will be produced from paddy straw, wheat straw, sugarcane and municipal waste. (Consequently) Diesel will be available at Rs 50 per litre and petrol at Rs 55,"
He said, "I am the only minister who has no dearth of money (for his department). I have so far inaugurated works worth Rs 40 lakh crore."
"I have no dearth of money but I ensure that the work is done in a good way. After getting works worth Rs 40 lakh crore executed, I can confidently say that no contractor had to come to the office with bills (to get them passed). All the works which were done were corruption-free and done in a transparent manner,"
The Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Raman Singh was also present at the event when the Union Minister took the audience by fire.