Electric-Fuel Can Offset Rs 8 Lakh Cr Import Bill of Fossil Fuels: Nitin Gadkari

In a major event, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari launched the “Go Electric” Campaign in the presence of RK Singh, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy to spread awareness on the benefits of e-mobility.

February 20, 2021. By News Bureau

In a major event, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari launched the “Go Electric” Campaign in the presence of RK Singh, the Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy to spread awareness on the benefits of e-mobility and EV Charging Infrastructure as well as electric cooking in India.

Nitin Gadkari while launching the nationwide campaign said that the electric fuel is a major alternative for fossil fuels which have an import bill of Rs 8 lakh crore. When compared to conventional fuels the electric fuel has low cost, reduced emissions and it is also indigenous.

He urged the Power Minister RK Singh to encourage value addition to Carbon Dioxide which is released from thermal power plants. He also mentioned about the opportunities and potential of electric cooking in India. He observed that electrification of public transport is not only economical but also eco friendly. While speaking about diversification of agriculture towards the energy and power sector the Transport Minister said that the Ministry of Power should promote generation of green power from agriculture waste and biomass which can also benefit the farmers across the country.

He also said the Go Electric Campaign is an important initiative that would help in reducing the import dependence of our country in the coming years and would be an important step towards a cleaner and greener future. The campaign is aimed at creating awareness at PAN-India level and is expected to boost the confidence of Electric Vehicle manufacturers.

R K Singh while expressing his confidence said, “This campaign would go a long way in fulfilling the main objective of Energy Transition to move ahead on the path of Low Carbon economy, thereby saving our Country and the Planet from the adverse impact of Climate Change. It will also help in reducing the country's dependence on other countries for energy needs.”

On the occasion, Minister RK Singh also emphasised the use of Clean and Safe Electric Cooking and urged the citizens to adopt Electric Cooking which is safe and can benefit consumers due to Low Heat Wastage being energy efficient.

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