Government is also working towards making India a global automobile manufacturing hub in next 5 years, says Nitin Gadkari.
November 23, 2020. By Manu Tayal
With an aim to encourage people to opt for electric mobility (e-mobility) in the country, government is planning set up at least one electric vehicle (EV) charging kiosk at around 69,000 petrol pumps pan India, said Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) & MSME.
The Minister said that government aimed at creating core global competencies in India by facilitating seamless integration of the automotive industry with the world. It is also trying to create an ecosystem to accelerate the uptake of EVs in the country.
While addressing a virtual conference ‘9th Edition of Auto Serve 2020’ Electric Mobility Conference 2020-Seizing Opportunities in New Normal, the Minister urged the auto industry to come together to work jointly towards achieving broader national agenda of reducing pollution.
Gadkari further elaborated a number of steps that the government has taken to promote EVs which include reduction in GST to 5 per cent, and allowing delinking of battery cost of 2-3 wheelers from vehicle cost as it accounts for nearly 30 per cent of the cost etc.
He also said that, “government is also working towards making India a global automobile manufacturing hub in next 5 years.” This is my dream, he stressed. This will also contribute in fulfilling the Prime Minister’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
The Minister stressed that India is poised to become global automobile manufacturing hub in next 5 years. This, he felt, is possible as our auto industry has made significant strides in terms of development of different designs and models, robust R&D, huge market, stable government frame-work and bright & young engineering minds. Gadkari added that India already is the largest manufacturer of two-wheelers in the world.
Considering the huge potential of the sector, the government has earmarked over Rs 51,000 crore for this sector under Production Linked Incentive(PLI) scheme, the highest amongst the 10 champion sectors.
Gadkari also stated that there is a huge requirement of about 25 million skilled jobs in the automobile sector in near future. This is significant as this industry will be going to create maximum jobs and growth, he added.
The Minister further called upon the automobile industry to push for manufacturing flex engines which has versatility to use petrol or ethonal/CNG as fuels. He stressed that the Indian auto industry need to follow the example of Brazil and US Auto sectors in this regard. Gadkari exuded confidence that our industry would utilise the opportunity being thrown up by the alternative and less polluting fuels like CNG, hydrogen, electricity.
The Minster also said that the government is working towards making e-Highway on Delhi and Mumbai Expressway. He added that auto sector should look at making different variants including double decker busses to cater to the market needs.
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