Union petroleum and natural gas minister Hardeep Singh Puri flagged off an inland water vessel using methanol-blended diesel in Brahmaputra river in Guwahati on January 24.
The petroleum minister also took a ride with Union minister Rameswar Teli in the inland vessel on the Brahmaputra river.
Taking to Twitter, the petroleum minister wrote: “A mighty new initiative on Mahabahu Brahmaputra. In a unique step towards developing alternative sources of clean energy, very happy to flag off and ride on an inland water vessel using Methanol Blended Diesel MD15 with my colleague Rameswar Teli ji in Guwahati today.”
Calling the vessel a unique step towards developing an alternative source of clean energy, Puri called this initiative inspired by prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision to develop inland water connectivity in the Northeast areas.
Aboard an inland water vessel using Methanol Blended Diesel on the magnificent & mighty Brahmaputra in Guwahati today.@Rameswar_Teli @himantabiswa @CMOfficeAssam @PetroleumMin @IndiaEnergyWeek #IEW2023 @oja_queen @TheAshokSinghal pic.twitter.com/D0s5M2WPwA
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) January 24, 2023
He said that the methanol blend diesel will be Rs 5 to 7 cheaper and will result in 20 per cent less emissions of oxides of nitrogen and sulphur.
“This initiative is inspired by PM Sh Narendra Modi Ji’s vision to develop inland water connectivity in India’s Northeast. An environment-friendly fuel, it will also be Rs 5-7 cheaper and result in 20 per cent less SOx & NOx emissions,” he tweeted.
“This fleet would enable electrification of end-to-end logistics support in last-mile delivery sector,” ministry of petroleum and natural gas tweeted.