New Delhi: Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday (August 24, 2020) said that public transport should be modernised which is based on biofuels, CNG and electricity as fuel.
Addressing a Webinar – 4th UITP India Bus Seminar, he said most of the State Road Transport Undertakings (SRTUs) are incurring huge expenditure on conventional fuels which are expensive and called for moving on to biofuels, CNG and electricity as a transportation fuel.
He said this will not only save on fuel bill but also contribute to the economy and pollution reduction. At present, Gadkari said the country is spending huge amounts on import of crude oil/hydrocarbons, which according to him needs to be reduced.
Referring to the workability of the use of biofuels/CNG etc, he informed that Nagpur has started to convert 450 buses on to biofuels. As many as 90 buses have already been converted so far. He added that loss in bus service is about Rs 60 crore per year, which can be saved by converting buses into CNG.
Gadkari also informed that efforts are being made to produce CNG from sewage water. He called upon SRTUs to adopt this model for reducing losses which will help in providing better public transport.
He further indicated at adopting other sources of CNG like paddy straw/parali, which have multiple benefits to farmers, transport, environment and economy.
The Minister called for adopting London Bus model harnessing utilisation of private capital for better public transport.
He felt encouraging Public Private Partnership (PPP) may also be pursued. Gadkari said that bus Ports are being planned with all modern amenities and suggested that adopting double-decker buses by the operators will also improve the efficiency of public transport.
Gadkari expressed that the bus operators should consider providing better services like good attendants, provision for entertainment tools like audio music, video films, etc which can fetch better returns.