The government’s focus is on boosting public transport as the number of people hailing taxi aggregators may swell to 1 crore daily in the next two-three years from 35 lakh daily at present, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said Thursday. The government wants to discourage people from buying private cars due to rising pollution levels, the minister said.
Gadkari said the government’s focus was also on promoting alternative fuels like ethanol and methanole besides giving a push to electric vehicles. Four pilot projects were on anvil in Pune, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Guwahati for methanol buses, he stressed. “Public transport system should be popular…Almost 35 lakh people take aggregators on a daily basis and the numbers could swell to 1 crore in next two to three years,” Gadkari said at the launch of ‘Ease of Moving Index India Report’ by Ola Mobility Institute.
He said aggregators should come out with bike services for single travellers also that could provide employment to people and besides could look into investing in aeroboats in view of the upcoming Kumbh Mela at Allahabad. Read More
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