Policy on ethanol fuel to be tabled in Parliament next week: Nitin Gadkari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Dec 2017 09:16:37


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Launches electric car charging stations

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, and Shipping, will table a policy in Parliament next week to allow use ethanol as a fuel replacing traditional diesel and petrol in the second generation vehicles. “This will be a revolutionary decision to bring down the import of crude oil. Methanol will be available at Rs 22 per litre and this will drastically reduce transportation cost and change the economy of the country,” Gadkari said while speaking at the state-wide launch of ‘Saubhayga Yojana’ in Nagpur on Saturday. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister; Raj Kumar Singh, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power; and Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Guardian Minister of Nagpur district were present on the dais.

Gadkari said, Government of India is importing petroleum products worth Rs 7 lakh crore per annum. In next 10 years, traditional fuel like diesel and petrol will be replaced by methanol, battery etc. Next year, TVS company will be launching ‘Kisan’ motorbike having flexible engine and it will run 100 per cent on ethanol and petrol, he said. Garmers can manufacture bio-ethanol using rice straw, cotton straw and other raw material. This will reduce the price of LPG cylinder by Rs 150. Biofuel was not only cost-effective but also a pollution free import substitute, he added.

The green fuel like ethanol will not only stop migration of people from villages to cities but also create employment in rural areas, Gadkari observed. He said, after introducing 200 electric cars in Nagpur, electric buses will be coming in Maharashtra. These will be very affordable and reduce the bus fares by 50 per cent. Stating that electric vehicles were future of the country, he suggested Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited to allow educated youths to open electric car charging stations on their plots and give them 20-25 paise per unit. Trucks also will run on electricity, he predicted. State Government should lay an electric cable from Mumbai to Nagpur to open charging stations. This will reduce transportation cost of goods.“We should work to make Nagpur a pollution free city,” he stressed.

Energy Department of Maharashtra Government is opening several electric car charging stations in Nagpur and all over the State. Gadkari launched these charging stations in the function. The vehicles charging at these stations will have to pay only Rs 6 per unit.