Uttarakhand launches initiative to generate biofuel from used cooking oil during Kumbh
Urban development minister Madan Kaushik has asked the officials to prepare a detailed action plan
Dehradun: Green fuel biodiesel will be produced from cooking oil under solid waste management during the Kumbh. This initiative, the first of its kind, will start during the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the officials said. According to them, the effort to generate biofuel from cooking oil will also reduce the related health hazards.
Urban development minister Madan Kaushik has asked the officials to prepare a detailed action plan. RS Rawat, the designated officer for food safety during the mega fair, will be looking after the process of preparing biofuel. “Biodiesel or green fuel is a revolution towards enhancing health and wellbeing. Using the same cooking oil more than three times can prove to be dangerous for health. In order to avoid this, the biodiesel initiative has been launched,” said Kumbh’s food safety officer.
A company authorised by the government, which also has a plant in Haryana’s Bhiwani, is working to collect reused cooking oil from hotels, restaurants and traders in Haridwar. The company will buy the used cooking oil at Rs 25 per kg. The oil will be recycled and used for industrial purposes. It is reported that on an average 8 to 10 litres of biofuel can be prepared from 10 litres of used cooking oil. Along with protecting the environment, the initiative will also prove beneficial for people’s health.