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      No Petrol and Diesel Vehicles in India: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

      Union minister Nitin Gadkari wants to slash GST on hybrid vehicles and has vow to rid the country entirely of the over 36 crore petrol and diesel vehicles as part of his ambition to make India a green economy.

      Nitin Gadkari said “100%,” when ask whether it is possible for India to get rid of petrol and diesel cars altogether.

      “It is difficult but not impossible. This is my vision,” He said in an interview.

      He said India spends Rs 16 lakh crore on fuel imports.

      This money will be use for improving the life of farmers, villages will be prosperous and the youth will get employment, Nitin Gadkari said.

      Nitin Gadkari did not give any timeline to meet this ambitious target which even proponents of green energy believe is mind bogglingly difficult.

      But the proposal to reduce GST on hybrid vehicles to 5% and to 12% for flex engines has sent to the Finance ministry which is considering the requisition, Nitin Gadkari said.

      Nitin Gadkari said he firmly believes the country can end fuel import by promoting the use of biofuels.

      Environmental activists welcome Nitin Gadkari’s vision for increasing green mobility, but also struck a word of caution by flagging the use of fossil fuels in the production of electricity.

      He said it has been pitching for alternative fuels since 2004 and is confident things will change in the coming 5 to 7 years.

      Nitin Gadkari said :

      “I cannot give you a date and year for this transformation to take place as it is very difficult. This is difficult but not impossible,”.

      He said he firmly believes that given the speed with which electric vehicles are being introduce, the coming era will be of alternative and biofuels and this dream will come true.

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      He said auto companies such as Bajaj, TVS and Hero are also planning to manufacture motorcycles using flex engines and auto rickshaws using similar technology too were on the way.

      Nitin Gadkari said :

      “I roam around in a car that runs on hydrogen. You can see electric cars in every other household. People who used to say this was impossible, have changed their views now and started believing in what I have been saying for the last 20 years,”.

      “Tatas and Ashok Leyland have introduced trucks that run on hydrogen. There are trucks that run on LNG/CNG. There are 350 factories across the country of bio-CNG,”.

      “Definitely, a revolution is taking place. The fuel imports will end and this country will become self-reliant – Atmanirbhar Bharat. I strongly believe in this,”.

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