Mobile phones set to replace printed tickets, India set to embrace new EV technology: Union Minister Gadkari


Stressing the need to adapt to new technologies and innovations, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari suggested on Wednesday that a time would come when tickets issued to passengers should be phased out and mobile phones used at their place.

“We have to accept the new technology of electric vehicles and try to end the use of tickets and instead use mobile phones for tickets,” Gadkari said. He was speaking at Catalyst 2022, StratNewsGlobal’s first annual event.

In his speech, Gadkari also pointed out that the production of lithium batteries in the country should be encouraged. He said the cost of producing these batteries was not an issue as it would decrease once manufacturers increase the level of production.

“The production cost of lithium batteries can be reduced if the manufacturer increases the volume of releases,” said the minister.

On luxury buses, he said buses that connect major cities like Delhi and Mumbai can be electric and double-decker. He said the government, through Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), had issued a Rs. 5,550 crore tender for the purchase of 5,580 electric buses, 130 of which are double deckers.

“The automotive industry is one of the important sectors in our country.” The minister said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a dream of making India a $5 trillion (nearly Rs. 4,00,04,000 crore) economy and making the country self-reliant or Atmanirbhar Bharat.

“It is our responsibility to reduce imports and increase our exports,” he added.

For this reason, we have to plan appropriate new policies for the future and this is how the automotive sector is a very important sector for the economy, the minister said.

Gadkari said the automobile gives new economic growth to the country. “That is why we must have a long-term visionary policy. Our mission in the ministry is to grow the automotive segment into a Rs. 15 trillion (nearly Rs. 12,00,11,900 crore) sector within five years. The auxiliary industry is also well developed.”

He also praised the country’s start-ups, saying, “It’s really a game-changer that there are 400 start-ups making electric two-wheelers and making good products. Hero, Bajaj and TVS export 50% of their production.

Gadkari said he was fully confident that 8 lakh to 10 lakh electric buses could be produced in the country and added that the government had tendered for 5,550 electric buses and the tariff was Rs 39 per km for non-AC buses and Rs. 41 per km for AC buses. “BEST diesel buses run cost was Rs 115 per km.”


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