Mumbai: Nitin Gadkari urges stakeholders to provide fuel to people at cost-effective rates
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari urged stakeholders that finding and using cost-effective fuels, that are also economically viable, is imperative to reduce pollution caused by vehicles.
The Union Minister was speaking at the inauguration of the ‘Green Hydrogen Conclave’ in Mumbai, today. Mr. Gadkari pointed out that alternative fuels like bio-CNG and green hydrogen not only help in reducing pollution but also save a lot in fuel costs.
He informed that India’s potential for green hydrogen is five million metric tonnes per year. He said that it is the responsibility of all the stakeholders to make these fuels available to the people at cost-effective rates and create awareness among common citizens about the necessity of using these fuels.
He said that green hydrogen will not be useful if its cost is high and urged stakeholders to focus on keeping the rates low. In this connection, he said that the Government has taken the initiative to create wealth out of the waste that is generated in our lives.
Mr. Gadkari stated that at present, the country is facing two big challenges, one of which is related to the import of fossil fuels amounting to lakhs of crores of rupees which, therefore, poses a big economic challenge to the country.
The other challenge is related to curbing pollution. He added that India is facing a very serious problem of air pollution, particularly in the metro cities which is a serious concern. He also said that not only in India but everywhere in the world people are speaking about decarbonization, which is important as far as climate change is concerned.
The Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the vision of a self-reliant India and a five trillion-dollar economy will be realized as soon as possible if there is more and more production of cost-effective, pollution-free, and environment-friendly indigenous products that provide alternatives to imports and lessens all sort of pollutions in the country. He said that Our dream is to make India an exporter of energy.
Union Minister also said that, while there is a lot of research going on developing thermal power, hydropower and wind power, the country is also looking at nuclear power, which is a zero-emission clean energy source. He also urged that by linking agriculture with proven technology and the power sector, many jobs can be created.