New Delhi | Published: September 7, 2017 5:33:10 PM
Union minister Nitin Gadkari today said the government is planning to launch double decker electric buses along with buses that run on bio-fuels.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari today said the government is planning to launch double decker electric buses along with buses that run on bio-fuels. “We want to encourage public transport on electricity, ” Gadkari said. The transport minister, who also assumed additional charge of water resources ministry, said that his department will come up with a plan to increase charging stations and electric taxis in Nagpur. “20 charging stations and 200 electric taxis in Nagpur. Can go up to 1000 in 3 months,” he was quoted as saying by ANI.
Earlier, Press Trust of India reported that double decker luxury buses will soon ply linking Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi- Jaipur, and Delhi-Ludhiana. The Double decker Volvo bus, which will run on alternative fuel can be manufactured in the country, Gadkari had said. There is also a plan to construct a separate lane for running electric trucks and buses on Delhi-Mumbai corridor, which can also run on diesel in city areas, he added. “We will aim at reducing private vehicles. The way the number of private vehicles are increasing, we need to construct one lane every three years, that will cost too much. We need to discourage people from buying vehicles and improve the public transport,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.
Gadkari took the additional charge of water ministry, earlier headed by Uma Bharti on September 4. On assuming office, he said, the ministry would come out with a detailed schedule on achieving various targets under the mission in a time-bound and transparent manner in a week, as per PTI.