CM Vijay Rupani said strict action must be taken in light of widespread complaints about unscrupulous elements mixing other substances into biodiesel. (File photo)
GANDHINAGAR: The state government on Friday ordered a ban on the unauthorized sale of substances blended with biodiesel and ordered strict measures against those involved in such illegal activities.
In another important decision, a state-level committee (SLC) headed by the chief secretary was formed to regularly review and curb the sale of adulterated biodiesel. It was decided on Friday that biodiesel could only be bought and sold by petroleum marketing companies. The SLC will regularly review the implementation of the biodiesel sales policy in the state and verify the blending of other substances in it.
Rupani said strict action must be taken amid widespread complaints about unscrupulous elements mixing other substances into biodiesel. He asked the committee to define rules of action to be taken against people who mix solvents and other petroleum products in biodiesel.
The meeting discussed how the Centre’s biodiesel policy can be implemented in Gujarat. The Centre’s policy is to sell biodiesel after blending it with high-speed diesel in a fixed ratio, with a view to reducing dependence on foreign currency to import petroleum products. Pure biodiesel is produced by extracting methyl or ethyl alcohol from jatropha, karanj tel, etc.
At the meeting, it was decided that guidelines would be announced in the future to encourage private entrepreneurs in the MSME sector to produce industrial biodiesel that can be blended with high speed diesel, in accordance with standards set by GPCB and other agencies.