The center does not intend to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles: Nitin Gadkari

NEW DELHI: the government does not intend to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles, minister of the Union for road and highway transport Nitin Gadkari He said Thursday.

There were discussions and the ministry received suggestions that gasoline and diesel vehicles should be banned. I would like to clarify that the government does not intend to ban gasoline and diesel vehicles. We are not going to do something like that, Gadkari said. Addressing a meeting at the annual convention of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (Siam), 2019.

The minister also stressed that India's automotive industry had witnessed large volumes in terms of exports and that the industry is offering huge employment opportunities.

Mentioning that reducing pollution is of national interest, he said it was not right to blame only the vehicles for the pollution problem. Yes, they share part of the responsibility, the minister added.

Pollution in Delhi affected everyone's health and the world has also been critical about it. A Rs 50,000 crore plan has been designed for Delhi to identify the points that cause pollution. Because of this, about 29 percent of pollution in Delhi has been controlled, Gadkari said.

The BJP leader said the government has reduced the GST in electric vehicles. I am trying to convince the finance ministry to also think about hybrids, he said.

Emphasizing that the automotive sector needs to focus more on quality, he said: India can become the number one manufacturing center. Car firms must focus on quality and not costs.

The condition of the state transportation corporation is not good. The government is making every effort to bring the London transport model, he added.

Emphasizing public transport, Gadkari said: Public transport has potential. If we implement the London transport model, then 12-15 lakh of new buses will be operational.

He added that new technologies are essential to expand the business.