“The government is considering removal of import duty on used cooking oil for its conversion into bio-diesel in a move aimed at pollution control, Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday. ‘We will be withdrawing (import) duties on that oil. If that oil comes in the country then bio-diesel will be made from it,’ he said, while addressing a summit here on smart cities organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham).
“…The minister urged farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka to switch from sugarcane to ethanol production so as to contribute towards reducing pollution. He also said that in the times ahead, use of electric cars and buses would be promoted for transportation in smart cities to reduce air pollution and provide cost-effective transport.
“…There is a plan to run 100 buses on ethanol, while cost-effective electric cars are also on the anvil with Indian scientists currently developing lithium batteries for buses at a cost of around Rs.5 to 6 lakh, compared to the global average of Rs.55 lakh, Gadkari said.” Business Standard. Read it on delhiair.org.
Import duty may go on used cooking oil to boost bio-diesel use