Uttarakhand, Government and Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP) have agreed in principle to make bio fuel and turpentine oil from “Perule” (pine needles). In this regard, a MoU is likely to be signed between them soon.
Uttarakhand government has issued a press release in this connection on Wednesday.
According to the release, centre for collecting pine needles (Perule) would be set in the state’s eight hilly districts- Almora, Chamoli, Nainital, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh, Tehri and Uttarkashi. Incentives would be also given to locals engaged for collecting the “Perule”. The government is also under plan to use modern technologies for it.
Pine forests cover a major part of the Uttarakhand. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said the government also aims to control forest fires during summer with the help of this particular initiative. He added initially about 40 tones pine needles would be required. It would be purchased from the village panchayats. He hoped the initiative would help generate employment also.