Source: Jagranjosh.com, August 27, 2018
India’s first flight powered by Biofuel landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on August 27, 2018. The test flight had taken off from Dehradun.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu, Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha were present to receive the flight as it landed following its maiden run.
he experiment is first-of-its-kind in India. Its successful implementation provides a significant boost to encourage alternative fuels in transport and aviation sector, as envisaged in the National Biofuel’s Policy.
India has been attempting to promote biofuels to reduce dependence on fossil fuel. The environment-friendly initiative is expected to reduce the country’s import bills.
The Biofuel was developed by Indian Institute of Petroleum- Dehradun.
Speaking on the occasion of World Biofuel Day on August 10, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that Biofuel has the power to create a balance between the environment and economic development. He had said that Biofuel is not just science but a Mantra that will provide a new energy to not only India but also the entire world.
The Prime Minister had also said that Biofuel will transform and improve the quality of life of the people in both rural and urban areas.