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NEW DELHI: Under alternative fuel for transportation systems, 10 percent Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) becomes mandatory from coming October.

A government statement said Earlier 5 percent blending of Ethanol with petrol was made mandatory by the government since 9th October 2007 in the Country and 10 percent blending was made optional, now it is mandatory .

During the last three years the Government has taken various steps to develop and promote use of alternative fuels like ethanol, bio diesel and hydrogen for transport applications, it said.

The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoP NG) has mandated the use of 5 percent Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP), subject to commercial viability in the entire country with effect from 1st November 2006.

Though North Eastern States, Jammu Kashmir, Andaman Nicobar Islands and Lakshdweep have been exempted. As a result, release of 5 percent EBP has commenced at all locations in 15 States and 4 Union Territories.

The release further said that the modalities for implementation are being worked out by the Ministry of Petroleum Natural Gas in consultation with stakeholders. A broad based programme for research development, production and utilization of bio diesel is under implementation by different Ministries.