Government plans to shift public transport and logistics to clean energy source: Gadkari


NEW DELHI: The government has plans to shift public transport and logistics to 100% clean energy sources, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday, saying India has made significant progress towards improved access to green energy over the past decade.
Addressing a virtual event hosted by industry body CII, the Minister of Road Transport and Highways further said India was already on track to meet its target of 175 GW of installed renewable capacity from by 2022.
“Over the past decade, India has made significant strides towards improving access to green energy while increasing the integration of renewables … We have plans to upgrade public transport and logistics to a 100% green and clean energy source, ”he said.
Noting that currently the country is in 5th position for an overall installed capacity of renewable energy, he said, with the supportive policies and initiatives of the government, India will even exceed the target of renewable energy of 450 GW by 2030.
The Minister also pointed out that India is rapidly developing alternative mobility solutions such as cable car, cable car, funicular, among others.
“In hilly areas, such as Himachal and Uttarakhand, the cable car and cable car system can be operated efficiently using hydropower,” he said.
According to Gadkari, renewable technologies require more manpower and, within this framework, the solar energy and biomass sectors will have the largest generation of jobs with more than 3 million by 2050.
He also said that LNG as a fuel is economically viable for trucks and long-life buses.
Stating that India is one of the fastest growing economies, leading to sustainable and climate neutral development, Gadkari said: “Society should be livable, viable and sustainable for all with a strong emphasis on ethics, ecology and the environment ”.
The minister said his ministry is working to create opportunities for clean and green alternative transportation fuels like electricity, bio-CNG, LNG, biodiesel, ethanol, methanol and fuel cells hydrogen.
The government encourages the use of renewable energy to charge electric vehicles, he said, adding, “We have abundant solar energy. Solar electricity costs are very low and guarantee a zero carbon cycle in the ecosystem of electric vehicles (EV) ”. .
He also mentioned that infrastructure development plays an important role in the growth and economy of the renewable energy sector in India.
Gadkari said the government is investing $ 1.4 trillion, or 111 lakh crore, for infrastructure development through the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP).
The government has set itself the goal of building roads worth Rs 15 lakh crore over 2 years, he added.
The minister said that to reduce congestion on the corridors and improve logistics efficiency, 35 locations have been identified for the development of multimodal logistics parks (MMLP).
“These logistics parks would also trigger the development of manufacturing clusters in adjacent rural areas and level 2 urban areas,” he added.


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