INDIA should start working on
the roadmap of 10% blending followed by 20%
India should start working on the roadmap
of 10% blending followed by 20%. The recent tenders (2010-11)
of ethanol blending by oil corporations is in full swing.
India has already blended (oil corporations have purchased)
ethanol to the tune of 30 Crore liters till date (April 2011)
out of the 71 crore liters required till 31st October 2011.
All the sugar companies having ethanol
facility are on the verge of expansions. Since the blending
has taken off smoothly. Now is the time for the government
and Decision Makers to work a roadmap for blending 10%. We
understand the conflict created by the chemical and fertilizer
industries which resulted the government to create a panel
of experts under the leadership of Saumitra Chaudhuri, Member
of India’s Planning commission, to look into the aspect in
detail and the panel came out with a true visionary picture
which would set a roadmap to the future ethanol blending for
Apart from some solid recommendations
the panel also suggested a price of Rs. 26.76 per liter for
the year 2010-11 which is sensible. But the question still
remains as the raw material of ethanol is molasses and how
many of us know we are exporting molasses till date. The quantum
is around 3 lacs tons which can produce 8 crore liters of
ethanol. Indirectly we are not distilling it and I worry how
much more molasses we would export. Here there should be a
serious micro-level working and the oil corporations should
be a party to it.
The price of crude has made the oil
companies to think positive on ethanol. if they would have
done it earlier we would have build a solid platform till
now. The Ethanol blending program needs more collective working
by all the sugar associations, ethanol manufacturing associations,
and the oil corporations along with the government. We should
be answerable to young India tomorrow. Yes!
We have set the platform to be a “crude
free India” (my dream). Now they need to work on it and build.
We took 28 years to win the Cricket Would Cup but if I say
after 28 years we would be out of oil. Imagine how much efforts
we would have to put in. Hence we all should stand behind
the roadmap to blend as much as alternative fuel we can. Your
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