1. India plans large-scale production of bio-bitumen from biomass to reduce reliance on imports and address stubble burning. Current imports constitute about half of India’s annual bitumen needs.
  2. A pilot project by the Central Road Research Institute and the Indian Institute of Petroleum will test bio-bitumen on a 1-kilometer road. Successful trials could lead to commercialization and large-scale production by late 2025.
  3. Potential for significant cost savings and reduction in carbon footprint. If successful, the technology will be scaled up across India by 2025, promoting sustainable infrastructure development.

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