Large-scale biogas and ethanol plant planned in Bhandara

Authorities have approved 100 acres of land in Bhandara, Maharashtra, to build a facility to produce biogas and ethanol from paddy straw. According to The Times of India, ownership of the land was transferred from the state government to the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation. The project has been estimated to cost INR 1,500 crores. The produced biogas and ethanol will be used as fuel. In the district of Bhandara, 384,000 tons of straw are available and another 346,000 tons are produced in the nearby Gondia district. The straw is currently being incinerated.

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