Addressing the 57th annual meeting of the Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers, India’s road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari issued a warning to Indian carmakers that they needed to switch to alternate fuels in a hurry, otherwise he wouldn’t mind ‘bulldozing’ them on the path to lower pollution and less imports.
He also went on to assure them that the acclaimed policy of switching over to all electric transport by 2030 was on course and the cabinet of ministers had issued a guidance on electric vehicles that would lead to infrastructure investment in charging stations.
“We should move towards alternative fuel… I am going to do this, whether you like it or not. And I am not going to ask you. I will bulldoze it. For pollution, for imports, my ideas are crystal clear… The government has a crystal-clear policy to reduce imports and curb pollution,” Gadkari said at SIAM’s annual convention.
He was emphatic about the move away from petrol and diesel towards alternate fuels.
“I urge you (carmakers) politely to do research. First, when I urged you for electric vehicles, you said the battery is costly. I coaxed you to start at least. Now, the batteries cost 40 per cent less. And if you start now, the cost will be reduced further in mass production. Teething trouble is everywhere,” he explained.