Premier think tank Niti Aayog has proposed a move to transform the way food is prepared in India, reducing the massive import bill and worsening pollution. The Aayog has prepared a comprehensive plan advocating adoption of methanol as the preferred cooking fuel in households as well as commercially.
It’s a cleaner fuel and will reduce dependence on imported gas too, said people aware of the matter. A plant each would be set up in Bengaluru and Assam for manufacturing methanol cooking stoves based on a technology sourced from Sweden. Larger stoves for commercial use will be imported till technology is developed locally.