Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union minister in a very bold statement set December 2017 for launch of electric fleet of Buses, taxis and auto Rickshaws showing commitment of the Government to reduce pollution and dependence on costly imported crude which is a huge drain on exchequer.
With a well known characteristic of going extra mile to walk the talk, he announced “I am a bulldozer I want to stop this petrol, diesel… I am very much committed to transport based on electricity. My mission, my dream is public transport on electricity,”
Flagging of first batch of 1,000 e-autorickshaws from the Huda City Centre metro station which will be a great relief in last mile connectivity for the commuters, he said “By the end of this year, we will have electric buses, taxis, autorickshaws… We are very serious about it and the automobile industry is also very serious about it
Delhi Metro had a VIP commuter when the Minister travelled to Huda City Centre, the venue of the event, and used the same mode on his way back. Terming himself as a “bulldozer”, shri Gadkari reiterated the resolve of his ministry and the government towards electrification of vehicles.
“The policy of our department is to encourage bio-fuel. Ethanol, bio-diesel, bio-CNG, methanol are the future of the country. Our approach is to become import substitute, cost-effective, pollution free. Pollution is a big concern,” he said. The government has already set 2030 as a year for electric vehicles to replace vehicles run on conventional fuels. Another advantage of electric fleet on the roads will be the employment opportunities created for the economically marginalized section of the society.
Treasure Vase Ventures Private Ltd, in partnership with Delhi Metro, under the SmartE brand name is supposed to be operating the electric fleet whereas SmartE has formed strategic partnerships with the Haryana government and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation to launch 1,000 e-autorickshaws manufactured in India and fitted with GPS based tracking systems in Gurgaon and Faridabad in 2017 adding to self-employment opportunities in the next 4-5 years.