On Monday, while addressing an event organized by the Hydraulic Trailer Owners Association, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari disclosed that the government is planning to construct an electric highway between Delhi and Mumbai.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also suggested users of heavy vehicles use alternative fuels like ethanol, methanol, and green hydrogen to check pollution.
Further, the Road Transport and Highways Minister said that the government is building tunnels worth Rs. 2.5 lakh crores. The Minister without providing many details said that the government is planning to construct an electric highway from Delhi to Mumbai. Just like a trolleybus, one can now run a trolley truck also. A trolleybus is a bus that is operated through electricity and obtains power from the overhead wires. An electric highway is defined as a road that supplies power to vehicles traveling on it, through the medium of overhead power lines.
Moreover, Nitin Gadkari said that the Ministry has taken an important decision to connect all the districts by four-lane roads.
Also, as pollution is one of the big problems of today’s world, The Minister requested all vehicle owners, especially heavy vehicle owners, to use alternative fuels such as ethanol, methanol, and green hydrogen to decrease pollution. Also, the alternative fuels are cost-effective and import substitutes. However, he admitted that the heavy vehicles users are facing issues like corruption in state Regional Transport Offices (RTOs). The solution he offered for this problem is to digitize all the services offered by the RTOs
Furthermore, the Minister said his aim is to decrease road accidents and deaths. Observing the need of being careful about road safety he said that we need trained drivers.
He added that India is a fast growing economy and therefore it needs all kinds of transportation. He admitted that the logistics cost in India is higher than as compared to that in China, European Union and the US.