Shimla: Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur said Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) has decided to set up a grain-based ethanol plant in Una district with a capacity of 125kl per day.
He said the state government would provide nearly 70-acre of land for setting up this plant and rail-fed POL terminal of higher capacity.
CM Thakur said major raw materials for producing ethanol like rice and maize would be procured from Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur and Una districts besides Hoshiarpur and Rupnagar districts of Punjab.
He said these projects would be set up at a cost of Rs 400 crore and would provide direct and indirect employment to about 300 persons.
Besides, it would also accelerate the pace of development in the state and earn annual revenue of Rs 20 crore to Rs 25 crore in the form of SGST.
He said during his recent visit to New Delhi, he had taken up the issue with the Union petroleum and natural gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan to set up an ethanol plant through Hindustan Petroleum in the state.

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