Make electric vehicles or get bulldozed: Gadkari to auto firms

08-09-2017
DH

As the government is preparing to announce new electricity vehicle policy to check pollution and reduce oil imports, the minister said a cabinet note on electric vehicle is ready and it will address the issue of setting up 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 an event here. 

He held out a veiled warning, saying those supporting the government will have an advantage and those busy "minting money" will be in trouble, asking them not to approach the government later on the ground that they have huge stock of vehicles that do not run on alternative fuel.

Cautioning against any dilly-dallying tactics, he said the future is not of petrol and diesel, but of alternative fuel.

"The government has decided to start 15 industries for second generation ethanol. Ethanol can easily be produced from agro-based cotton straw, wheat straw, rice straw, bagass and bamboo, he said. 

He promised that the proposed vehicle scrapping policy stuck due to GST issues will be sorted out soon.

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