New Delhi: Union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday stressed for professionally managed public transport system, based on electricity, in public-private partnership mode for getting a good response.
Addressing ‘INSIGHT 2022: International Conference on Sustainable and Innovative Finance for Green and Healthy Transportation’, the minister said said capital investment is not an issue, if there is a correct model to implement it.
He said efforts should be made to discourage use of personal vehicles. Appreciating the London transport model the minister said people want more comfort in less rate. He proposed use of card or QR code based entry-exit system in place of physical ticketing system in the buses to do away with losses to the bus corporations and promote ease of travelling.
He emphasized that with coming of electric buses there will be reduction in pollution and also it will help the nation reduce the import of diesel and crude oil.
Gadkari said the ministry of road transport and highways has been striving to make automobile industry ₹15 lakh crore sector, as this is an industry which has maximum employment potential generating 4 crore jobs in the country. “This industry has given maximum revenue to state and central governments,” added the minister.
The minister congratulated state-owned Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL) for tender of 5450 e-buses, which is largest in amount in the world. He said the target should be 5Lakh buses instead of 50000 e-buses.
Gadkari said green hydrogen is future of mobility. The minister also proposed setting of E-road from Delhi to Jaipur. He said alternate fuels, new technologies and innovations in transport sector must be found for economic viability and sustainable development.