Mysore, July 7- K.R. Hospital in city has signed an MoU with Lions Club of Mysore West and Lab Land Biotech Pvt.Ltd. to establish a bio-fuel park on two 40x100 and 30x60 vacant plots within the hospital premises.

Under the terms of the agreement, Lions Club will plant Jatropha saplings and once they grow into trees, will be used for the production of bio-fuel. The technical expertise will come from Lab Land. The bio-fuel thus produced will be used to power the hospital generator and two ambulances.

Dr. Geetha Avadhani, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said this decision was taken to ensure that the hospital becomes pollution free through the use of bio-fuel. She said this way, vacant plots could be used profitably instead of turning to a haven for noxious weeds and snakes.

City-based Lab Land Biodiesel has been producing biodiesel and Jatropha curcas-based research and development activities since 2002, headed by its Chairman and Managing Director Dr. Sudheer Shetty, who is also the President of Lions Club of Mysore West.

The Government of India has identified 400,000 square kilometres (98 million acres) of land where Jatropha can be grown, hoping it will replace 20% of India's diesel consumption by 2011.

India’s total biodiesel requirement is projected to grow to 3.6 million metric tons in 2011-12, with the positive performance of the domestic automobile industry.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore