7 March , 2022 Fdiindia
India is Looking for EV Technology for Mass Rapid Transportation to be Built in India: Gadkari
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said that India is looking for electricity-based technology for mass rapid transportation that is cost-effective and can be built in the country.
The ministry plans to develop ropeways as an alternate transport solution in hilly and congested urban areas.
“Rope ways, cable car...and particularly I'm very much clearly interested to work on the technology of light rail transport,” said Gadkari while addressing a US audience.
While speaking in his address on ‘Rebuilding Infrastructure for India 2.0’, which is a part of the ‘Reimagining India 2.0’ series, he also said that some US companies have approached him with the technology.
“Technocrats like you can participate in the drive to develop the best system for India. India is allowing 100 percent FDI in the road sector and there are huge opportunities for joint ventures,” he added.
“We are in search of the technology, which can be cost-effective and which we can make it in India for mass rapid transport (system) on electricity,” the minister said as he informed Indian-Americans from Silicon Valley about India’s measures towards boosting physical infrastructure, especially the transportation system.
He further said that the government is planning 11 ropeway projects to enhance connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Himachal Pradesh.
Gadkari also said that 65 projects with a length of 2,050 kilometers are planned for connecting ports with the mainland and are in various stages of development. “India is also developing 29 emergency landing facilities for fighter planes on national highways. They are of strategic importance from a defense perspective.”
“US-based companies can collaborate with our research and development reports towards EV factory technology and the retrofitting industry. The government is strongly encouraging solar and the best charging mechanism for electric mobility,” he said.