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132-Seater Bus with Hostesses and Food Service to Hit Roads Soon:

132-Seater Bus with Hostesses and Food Service to Hit Roads Soon

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Nitin Gadkari Pollution in India has become a major issue, severely impacting personal and public transportation. The central government is focusing on promoting the use of environmentally friendly and pollution-free resources to control environmental pollution, said Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways. Minister Nitin Gadkari participated in a special meeting at the NDTV Infra Shakti Awards. During this event, he mentioned that a pilot project with a 132-seater bus is being designed in Nagpur and that the project is currently progressing rapidly.

The bus will have airplane-like seating and “bus hostesses” similar to air hostesses. Despite being cheaper than regular diesel buses, this bus will run on pollution-free fuel sources. Gadkari emphasized that the government’s goal is to transform India from an importer to a net exporter of energy. “Today, the most important problem in the country is pollution, caused by air, water, and noise. The pollution situation, especially in the nation’s capital, Delhi, has become extremely dire. In such circumstances, we need alternative, cost-effective, pollution-free, indigenous transportation solutions. We have electric vehicles. Now, Indian Oil is setting up 300 ethanol pumps. Automobile companies are introducing flex vehicles. Instead of filling petrol at Rs 120 per liter, it is better to use 60% electricity and 40% ethanol in the vehicle. The use of ethanol also reduces pollution,” the minister noted.

Another aspect is that the government is focusing on reducing public transportation costs, Gadkari said. Operating a diesel bus costs Rs 115 per kilometer. However, AC electric buses run at Rs 41 and non-AC buses at Rs 37 per kilometer with subsidies. Without subsidies, the cost is now between Rs 50 and Rs 60. This helps reduce ticket prices by 15 to 20 percent, he added.

He mentioned that a pilot project is being carried out in Nagpur in collaboration with Tata. During a visit to the Czech Republic, he noted that they had a trolleybus system with three buses. The pilot project in Nagpur will travel 49 kilometers on the ring road with a seating capacity for 132 people. After 40 kilometers, the bus stops at a bus stop. It charges for the next 40 kilometers in just 40 seconds, costing Rs 35 to Rs 40 per kilometer.

Gadkari further stated: “I have suggested that air conditioning, comfortable chairs, and space to place laptops in front of the seats are necessary. There should be bus hostesses to serve fruits, packed food, and beverages to the public like air hostesses. According to my calculations, if we use solar power, the cost of the bus will be 30% less,” he said. JCB has manufactured equipment that uses 50% ethanol and 50% CNG. Tractor manufacturers are also working on machines that run on ethanol, methanol, and CNG. This not only reduces pollution but also significantly increases farmers’ income,” the Union Minister emphasized.

Ethanol from Stubble:

Indian Oil has launched a project to produce one lakh liters of ethanol from stubble, as well as bio-bitumen. The project is almost complete, and they are set to produce 76,000 tons of bio-aviation fuel, he said. In another area, the height of the waste mountain in the Ghazipur landfill site in Delhi and Ahmedabad has been reduced by seven meters, Gadkari said. He mentioned that they are using treated sewage water to generate electricity.

Organic waste can also be used to produce bio-CNG, bio-LNG, or hydrogen. He noted that their focus also includes setting up drones and ropeways, with another area of interest being funicular railways (cable-operated railways used on steep hills), especially in regions like Uttarakhand, Himachal, and Ladakh. These measures are believed to help reduce environmental pollution, Minister Gadkari pointed out.

GPS Tolling in 3 Months:

The government has been working on GPS-based tolling for some time, and it will be implemented on 5,000 kilometers of roads within three months, the Union Minister announced. “The tenders are ready. Satellite-based tolling will charge only for the number of kilometers traveled on a specific road. The amount will be debited directly from your bank account. You do not need to stop anywhere. This will cover a distance of 5,000 kilometers. We will implement this across the country,” he said. Gadkari mentioned that he aims for a “Green Revolution” in agriculture. He stated that there is no shortage of funds for his projects and that investors are queuing up.

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