Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport and Highways, said a professionally managed public transport system based on electricity in public-private partnership mode would get a good response.
Addressing ‘Insight 2022’: International Conference on Sustainable and Innovative Finance for Green and Healthy Transportation, he added that capital investment would not be an issue so long as there was a right model in place.
Gadkari was of the view that efforts should be made to discourage use of personal vehicles and referred to the London transport model where people are seeking affordable comfort. He also suggested use of cards or the QR code-based entry-exit system instead of physical tickets to keep losses for bus corporations in check and promote easier travel.
According to Gadkari, electric buses would help reduce pollution and reduce oil imports. While reiterating that green hydrogen was the future of mobility, he proposed setting up an e-road from Delhi to Jaipur.