Nitin Gadkari pitches for use of alternative fuels

Gadkari also hinted intentions to make e-highway and said his ministry is discussing with companies who have got technology in Germany, USA, and Sweden.
By : PTI
| Updated on: 27 Jan 2020, 11:41 AM
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari during the launch of the electric scooter TVS Qube Electric in Bengaluru on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari during the launch of the electric scooter TVS Qube Electric in Bengaluru on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari during the launch of the electric scooter TVS Qube Electric in Bengaluru on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways of India and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari during the launch of the electric scooter TVS Qube Electric in Bengaluru on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Strongly pitching for alternative fuels in the country, Union Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday said his ministry was working towards an "electric highway".

"Today, as a country we are today moving towards electric bus, electric bikes, electric autorickshaw, electric cars, and at the Transport ministry we are also dreaming and working towards electric highway," he said.

About the highway from Delhi to Mumbai that is under work, he said its cost is 1,03,000 crore and already 60 per cent of the contracts have been awarded and the target is to complete this highway before January 26, 2024.

The proposed highway from Delhi to Mumbai that is under work will cost 1,03,000 crore, and already 60 per cent contracts have been awarded and our target is to complete it before January 26, 2024.

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He said it will become a historic highway and growth engine for the country and will cross through economically backward tribal areas of Rajasthan, Haryana, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

"On that highway we are now thinking to make it e- highway, and we are discussing with companies who have got technology in Germany, USA, and Sweden. Electric bus, electric double-decker bus, electric truck is also our dream."

Gadkari was speaking after launching the TVS Motor Company's e-scooter "TVS iQube Electric" here.

Stating he has been pushing for alternative fuels, Gadkari said the crude oil imports is 7 lakh crore, adding to it is problem of pollution, which is a very serious concern.

He said that our automobile industry is very big, the manufacturing sector of the automobile industry is with a turnover of 4,50,000 crore and this industry is giving maximum employment, adding it is also a great thing that the industry is thinking with a new and great vision, which the country needs.

"The vision of transport sector is import substitute, cost-effective, pollution-free and indigenous," he added.

Speaking about bio-emission fuel from atropha for fighter jets and helicopters, the Minister said import of our aviation fuel is 40,000 crore.

"We are trying to promote bio-emission fuel from bamboo, sal among other things in tribal and agriculture area, which will be import substitute and will create employment in the area," he added.

First Published Date: 27 Jan 2020, 11:41 AM IST
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