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Make in India conclave in Sweden: Maharashtra CM bats for biogas, biofuel

Fadnavis, who is on two-day visit to the country to participate in Make In India conclave, met Mathias Carlbaum, senior vice-president, Scania Group at Stockholm.

mumbai Updated: Oct 12, 2017 12:19 IST
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Fadnavis, who is on two-day visit to the country to participate in Make In India conclave, met Mathias Carlbaum, senior vice-president, Scania Group at Stockholm. (FILE)

The government is working towards installing sewage treatment plants (STP) across the state, CM Devendra Fadnavis, told officials from Scania Group, which is working on a biogas plant in Nagpur, in Sweden on Wednesday.

Fadnavis, who is on two-day visit to the country to participate in Make In India conclave, met Mathias Carlbaum, senior vice-president, Scania Group at Stockholm. Scania is a leading Swedish automotive industry manufacturer of commercial vehicles. The Group expressed their desire to provide biogas solutions to more cities in Maharashtra.

Emphasising on the need to bring down the cost of biofuel for vehicles, Fadnavis said, “We will ensure the STPs in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur produce 97% methane, which can be used as a bio-fuel for municipal transport system.”

The CM also met executives of Svenska Aeroplan AB (SAAB), a Swedish aerospace and defence company, and invited them to invest in Maharashtra. Hakan Buskhe, president and CEO of the firm, promised to work closely in Maharashtra.

“Officials of SAAB visited Nashik and Nagpur last week, and are impressed by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, a cleanliness drive initiated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” said an official from the chief minister’s office, adding, “The CM has promised to cooperate with the firm.”

Mats Palonberg, vice-president, industrial partnership, SAAB, and Maharashtra industries minister Subhash Desai were also present.