Nitin Gadkari said the government is also encouraging traffic yards to be powered by solar energy. (a file)
On Monday, Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways of the Union, said the government is developing electric highways, which will be powered by solar energy, which will facilitate the charging of heavy trucks and buses.
Addressing an event organized by the American Indian Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Mr. Gadkari reiterated that the government wants to develop India’s public transport system on electricity.
“The government is vigorously encouraging charging mechanisms based on solar and wind energy for electric mobility. We are also developing electric highways, which will be powered by solar energy and this will facilitate charging of heavy trucks and buses while jogging.” He said.
An electric highway generally refers to a road that supplies power to vehicles traveling on it, including through overhead power lines.
Mr. Gadkari said the government is also encouraging traffic yards to be powered by solar energy.
The minister said the Ministry of Roads has conducted exercises to improve the roads through the main lanes and designed newer alignments.
Stressing that well-developed infrastructure boosts economic activities, creates new businesses, and boosts job creation, Gadkari said, “We are building 26 new highways.”
With the launch of PM Gati Shakti’s master plan, he said projects will get clearance faster and it will reduce logistics costs.
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