Nitin Gadkari’s big vow on petrol, diesel vehicles: “100% possible to get rid…”

Nitin Gadkari’s big vision for no petrol, diesel vehicles in India! Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that he aims to transition India into a green economy by reducing GST on hybrid vehicles and ridding the country of 36 crore petrol and diesel vehicles.
When asked whether it is possible for India to get rid of petrol and diesel cars altogether, Nitin Gadkari told PTI, “It is difficult but not impossible.This is my vision.” He highlighted that India’s massive expenditure of Rs 16 lakh crore on fuel imports could be redirected towards benefiting farmers, boosting rural areas, and creating employment opportunities for the youth.
While the timeline for this ambitious goal remains unspecified, Gadkari’s proposal to lower GST on hybrid vehicles to 5% and 12% for flex engines is under consideration by the Finance ministry. Emphasizing the potential of biofuels, Gadkari believes that fuel imports can be completely done away with through the promotion of biofuels. Environmental activists have lauded Gadkari’s green mobility vision but cautioned against the continued use of fossil fuels in electricity production.
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Avinash Chanchal of Greenpeace India has stressed the necessity of transitioning to 100% renewable energy alongside electric vehicles to combat the climate crisis.
Gadkari, a long-time advocate for alternative fuels, has expressed confidence in the potential shift towards green solutions within the next five to seven years.
He envisions a future dominated by electric vehicles and biofuels, supported by initiatives from auto giants like Bajaj, TVS, and Hero. Gadkari’s personal endorsement of hydrogen-powered cars and the increasing presence of electric vehicles in households reflect the changing landscape. Notable players like Tatas and Ashok Leyland have introduced hydrogen and LNG/CNG-powered trucks, contributing to the ongoing revolution in the transportation sector.
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With 350 bio-CNG factories nationwide, Gadkari envisions a self-reliant India free from fuel imports, aligning with the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ initiative. “Definitely, a revolution is taking place. The fuel imports will end and this country will become self-reliant – Atmanirbhar Bharat. I strongly believe in this,” Gadkari said.

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