Gadkari: Road Transport Ministry Is Taking Initiative To Explore Alternate Fuels

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Union minister Nitin Gadkari recently told reporters after inaugurating a leather cluster at the Central Leather Research Institute that the Road Transport Ministry has taken the initiative to explore alternative fuels like lithium-ion batteries and hydrogen cells for electric vehicles in the wake of increasing fuel prices. Also on the anvil were aluminium-ion and steel-ion batteries.

“My suggestion is that this is the time for the country to go in for alternative fuels.

I am already propagating electricity as a fuel since India is surplus in electricity and now 81 percent of lithium-ion batteries are made in India,” he said. The ministry was also engaged in developing hydrogen fuel cells, he said.

“We are working more on alternatives for fossil fuel (since it) is the most important thing for the country. Presently, we import Rs 8 lakh crore of fossil fuel.

The problem is that in the world market, the price of fossil fuel has increased and 70 per cent of the fossil fuel is imported in India”, he said.

He also  mentioned that recently he launched a bio-CNG run tractor and noted that this fuel can be made from cotton straw, rice straw and bagasse.

“We need to expedite the alternate fuel industry and Tamil Nadu is an important state in agriculture. I request the State government to encourage the making of fuel from agricultural fields and give opportunity to farmers to get more revenue from that”, he said.

When asked about whether there would be a further extension of the deadline to allow people to fix FASTtag on their vehicles, Gadkari replied in the negative. 

FASTag is a prepaid tag that enables automatic deduction of toll charges and allows vehicles to pass through toll plazas without stopping for cash transactions.

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