Reduce fossil fuel consumption and adopt green energy for public transport


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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday stressed the need to reduce the use of diesel in the public transport system and said the fare for electric buses could be 30% lower than diesel buses. The Union Road Transport and Highways Minister was speaking at a ceremony held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh to lay the foundation stone for five road projects, worth Rs 2,300 crore.
The national road transport company will never profit because its buses run on expensive diesel, he said: “I can say with full responsibility that the cost of the ticket in air-conditioned electric buses will easily become cheaper by 30% compared to diesel,” Gadkari said.
The central government is moving ahead with its plan to operate 50,000 electric buses in the country, he said. “There is a need to change the country’s transportation system from a long-term perspective. Instead of gasoline and diesel, we should focus on cheaper options like electricity, green hydrogen, ethanol and bio-CNG,” the minister said.

The Minister also said that it is necessary to reduce the cost of works with the use of technology in basic infrastructure. “But the whole government apparatus is not used to it. Politicians should think 50 years ahead, because government officials are only patching (to fix any problem temporarily). They only think about today’s work because they know that in the days to come they will be transferred,” Gadkari said. The Minister announced the sanctioning of 20 overflights in Indore, Bhopal, Sagar, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ratlam, Khandwa, Dhar, Chhatarpur and Vidisha.

Gadkari also informed that his department has sanctioned road projects worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore so far and by the end of 2024, this figure will rise to 4 lakh crore. Officials say the five major road projects will improve the state’s connectivity with neighboring Maharashtra and southern India. According to the project details, a four-lane road will be constructed between Tejaji Nagar in Indore and Balwara (Indore-Burhanpur section), a four-lane road on Indore-Raghogarh (Indore-Harda section) and a six-lane flyover in Indore’s Rau Circle, they said. Gadkari also laid the groundwork for rebuilding a service road at Rau Circle and strengthening the existing road between Tejaji Nagar and Balwara in Indore, they said.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and State Public Works Department Minister Gopal Bhargava were also present at the ceremony.

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