Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, who is also in-charge of the port sector, says his ministry is working fast to make sure there are no cost overruns or time overruns. In an interview with Sidhartha, Gadkari outlines the government’s plans for the auto fuel sector and its e-mobility push. Edited excerpts:
As the Union road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari is in-charge of the port sector too. His ministry has been working fast to make sure there are no cost overruns or time overruns with regard to the world’s biggest single cargo terminal at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT). “We have taken up a lot of work with regard to JNPT because it is such a large project,” said Gadkari. “We also want to speed up work on other ports as well…we have asked for all these proposals and given them an estimated time frame.”
The government has also launched an ambitious programme to promote e-mobility, which includes electric buses being tested on Delhi’s roads; setting up charging stations across cities; promoting electric two-wheelers like bikes or scooters through subsidies; encouraging people use public transport instead of private cars while reducing pollution levels in cities by improving parking infrastructure at railway stations.
A committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Girish Shankar, secretary (ministry of heavy industries), which comprises the secretary of petroleum ministry and secretary of NITI Aayog. The committee will come out with a policy for new technology coming into the market. I am not rigid on petrol or diesel. If there is any alternative, I am ready to study that policy and bring it into force immediately.”
We have already prepared 11 green highways in India and when we talk about green highways, we mean solar energy along with highways…where we can produce electricity through solar energy. In addition to this, we will have plugs for electric vehicles on both sides of the expressway where these vehicles can be charged while driving at 120 kmph and these charging centres will be designed by the power ministry.
We hope that within five years time all our cars will be fully electric or hybrid cars with batteries which can give you a range of 500 kilometres per charge or more and by 2030 when India celebrates its 70th anniversary as an independent nation (January 26), then only 10% of our population will use diesel-run vehicles which means 90%people may not need even one litre petrol/diesel per day!
I am not rigid on petrol or diesel. If there is any alternative, I am ready to study that policy and bring it into force immediately. Press Tab to write more…