Bio-diesel Project to be set up in City soon
FROM OUR BUREAU
Dec 25: If all goes well, trucks, buses, generator
sets and other motors in the State will soon run on environment
friendly bio-diesel produced from oilseeds of trees.
A former World Bank official and a city-based
entrepreneur are planning to set-up a pilot project in Hyderabad
to produce 30 tonne of bio-diesel per day shortly. The bio-diesel
will be produced from crude oils extracted from “ganuga”
(Pongamia pinnata), Jatropha curcas and other oilseeds bearing
trees grown in wastelands and degraded areas in the State.
The brainchild of Dr.Emmanuel D'Silva, a former
official of the World Bank in Washington and N. Satish Kumar,
managing director of Southern Online, an Internet service provider
in Hyderabad, the bio-diesel produced from the unit would undergo
a pilot test in State transport buses, municipal trucks, seven-seater
autos, power generators in hospitals, hotels and small businesses.
The duo held discussions with transport officials, truck owners
and others and they are optimistic of the success of the experiment.
“The motivation to start the project came
from the horrendous pollution caused by traffic in Hyderabad.
The use of bio-diesel is expected to cut vehicular pollution
by upto 80 percent, depending on the ratio of bio-diesel used,”
Silva told Deccan Chronicle.
German Technical Cooperation Agency, GTZ has entrusted Zenith
Corporate Services, Hyderabad, to appraise the project fro possible
future funding, according to Satish.