While speaking at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) conference on ‘Future of Mobility: India’s Journey towards Net Zero’, the Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari said that the government is progressing on the policy of adopting import substitutes, which are cost-effective, pollution-free, and indigenous fuels for the transport sector. He highlighted the steps taken by the government to facilitate the use of ethanol, methanol, bio-Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), bio-Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), electric vehicles, and hybrid electric vehicles, while continuously revising emission norms to reduce pollution.
He also suggested making the farmers ‘Urjadata’ along with ‘Annadata’ and cited a project of the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) which successfully demonstrated hydrogen production using biomass. He said that this technology has the potential to transform the rural economy in India completely. He also called attention to the flex engines which can fully run on bio-ethanol or petrol, as another opportunity to increase agriculture income. Mr. Nitin Gadkari stressed using bio-CNG as a vehicular fuel and highlighted that bio-CNG is a cheaper and less polluting substitute as compared to diesel.
The minister underscored the plans to make an electric highway from Delhi to Jaipur as a private pilot project by which the electric buses, trucks, trolleys, and buses, can reduce the logistics costs.
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