Speaking on the sidelines of an ASSOCHAM event, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin
Gadkari said that the government is keen to revamp public transport through
introduction of double-decker luxury buses
on alternative fuels, aiming to curb private vehicle use.
"Plans are underway to introduce Double decker
fleet of luxury buses to link cities like Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi- Jaipur and
Delhi-Ludhiana. The fleet will be air conditioned with services that include
hostesses (on board)... and I assure you charges will be much economic, less
than present as these will run on alternative fuel.
The Minister said that Volvo is ready to run buses on methanol which
can easily be manufactured in the country.
government will erect an electric line - Delhi to Mumbai - to be reserved for
electric transport, he said.
said India, especially the capital needs to reform its transport system as
petrol and diesel vehicles caused much pollution and Delhi has to search
solutions like "Odd and Even".
He said the
present government’s priority is to promote clean fuel and to cut on the huge
Rs 7 lakh crore import bills that India incurs every year and running buses on
alternative fuel will help attain the goal.
government will also aim at reducing private vehicles. The number of private
vehicles is increasing so much that it may require one lane every three year and
“that will cost too much. We need to discourage people from buying vehicles and
improve the public transport," he said.