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Govt exploring new kinds of transport vehicles

Indians willing to adopt electric mobility


Indians willing to adopt electric mobility


Minister Gadkari launching the Ease of Mobility Index 2018 on 1 Nov 2018 in Delhi.


The government is exploring the use of new kinds of vehicles like hybrid aeroboats that combine land, water and aviation technology and can run on land, water and air at speeds greater than 80 km per hour.

Announcing this, Road Transport & Highways, Shipping, Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari said the government is looking at the possibility of using these boats during Kumbh Mela next year and on Yamuna for a visit to Taj Mahal from Delhi.

The government is also looking at the possibility of using aerial transport systems like ropeways, pods etc, especially for hilly terrains and as a last mile connectivity option in congested cities.

Further emphasizing the need for public transport, Gadkari said the government will soon start a campaign to promote the use of bicycles.

He said the new expressways are being built with provisions for cycle tracks. Electric cycles will soon be in use.

He called upon the taxi aggregators to consider using bicycles for transporting single passengers. Shri Gadkari also expressed happiness that after the Government brought in the taxi aggregators guidelines, the number of shared taxis has risen greatly and is likely to cross the one crore mark in a few years.

Gadkari further advocated the use of alternate fuels in this sector. He said, by use of methanol, ethanol and electric sources, the country can save huge sums on petroleum imports.

Also, people in backward areas can find an additional source of income by opting to generate bio-gas from local sources in a big way.

He promised governmental support to such people by way of imparting education and training for adopting the new technology.

The Minister released India’s first Ease of Mobility Index 2018 in New Delhi on 1 Nov 2018.

The Index offers a source of information to aid transit agencies and urban planners to make informed decisions and align solutions with the preference of commuters.

The report has been prepared by Ola Mobility Institute – Ola’s research and social innovation arm.

The Ease of Moving Index, 2018 has found that overall, 80% of citizens believe that the transport ecosystem has improved over the last five years.

Sixty per cent of respondents reported using public modes of commute, signalling that integrating modes of first and last mile connectivity with mass transport could lead to improved usage.

In fact, 72 per cent of the respondents believe that this integration could lead to an improved public transport ecosystem.

A majority of Indians are willing to adopt electric mobility and are in agreement that electrification will reshape the transportation segment.

Seventy-five per cent of respondents believe that electric vehicles could replace conventional vehicles by 2030.

Additionally, results indicate that urban mobility is going digital with 55% of commuters who use public transport owning smart cards, and over 40% transact digitally while using public transport including Intermediary Public Transport.

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