Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday while addressing an event organised by the Hydraulic Trailer Owners Association said that the government is planning to construct an electric highway between Delhi and Mumbai.
The road transport and highways minister said the government is constructing tunnels worth ₹2.5 lakh crore.
“Our planning is to make electric highway from Delhi to Mumbai. Just like trolleybus, you can run trolleytrucks also,” he said, without providing more details.
An electric bus that draws power from overhead wire is referred to as a trolleybus. An electric highway means a road which supplies power to vehicles travelling on it, including through overhead power lines.
Gadkari further said his ministry has taken a decision to connect all districts by four-lane roads.
He also urged heavy vehicle owners to use alternative fuels like ethanol, methanol and green hydrogen in order to curb pollution.
Noting that pollution is a big concern, Gadkari said, “I request heavy vehicle owners to use alternative fuel like ethanol, methanol and green hydrogen as they are cost effective and import substitutes.”
Acknowledging the problems faced by the heavy vehicle owners because of corruption in state Regional Transport Offices (RTOs), the minister said, we have to digitise all services provided by RTOs,”
Observing that there is need to be cautious about road safety, the minister emphasised the need to have trained drivers and expressed his aim to reduce road accidents and deaths.
The minister added that as a fast growing economy, India needs all kinds of transportation.
Gadkari also said logistics cost in India is high compare to that in China, European Union and the US.