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Maharashtra wants to be the first country in which all public transport buses use clean fuels, Devendra Fadnavis, the Deputy Chief Minister said.
Fadnavis did not give a time frame for when he expects the fleet to be transformed, but he said that big cities like Pune and Mumbai already have electric buses.
“In the coming days, it will be our endeavour to ensure that public transport will not have any conventional fuel at all. We have already made a start with big cities in the state where transportation systems are being turned to clean systems,” Fadnavis said at an event organised by the Union Ministry of Culture and industry lobby CII here.
Fadnavis, the former chief minister of state, stated that the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, which is state-run, will soon be replacing its fuel source.
Fadnavis, speaking at the maiden public appearance for him and Chief Minister Eknath Shinde since taking oath last Wednesday, said that India’s switch to EVs would help it achieve its environmental targets as well as develop the ecosystem of electric vehicles in the state.
He said that the state’s GSDP will exceed USD 1 trillion by 2030, thanks to the government’s infrastructure, technology, and innovation-led approach.
He said that politics can sometimes interfere in infrastructure creation such as the Metro rail project in the Financial Capital, but he made it clear that the government wants the work to be completed on time and at a faster pace.
Fadnavis stated that the government would also facilitate the progress at the Vadhavan port, which is located off the Dahanu coast. Gadkari stated that ethanol has the same calorific value as petrol and that it is half the price of petrol. He also said that ethanol causes minimal environmental damage.
Gadkari also stated that he had conceived a Rs 50,000 crore sea bridge project to connect the Delhi-Mumbai expressway with JNPT. This will be a huge benefit for Navi Mumbai. He asked for a waiver of state GST on steel and cement from the Maharashtra government so that the project could be launched by his ministry.