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Bitumen from Husk

Content for Mains Enrichment (CME)

 

Source: HBL

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways stated that making bitumen (used for laying roads) from agricultural waste like rice husk can save up to ₹30,000 crores annually in import bills.

 

Bitumen is a thick low-grade crude oil that is generally composed of asphaltene resin and is the main fossil fuel component of oil sands. Bitumen is known for its waterproofing and adhesive properties.

 

Usage: The example shows the use of innovations, ways to reduce imports and less reliance on fossil fuel