India may soon get its first electric highway; Union Road Transport and Highway Minister Nitin Gadkari

It would be a dream come true for Indians as the country may soon witness its first electric highway. The central government is deliberate over the concept of an ‘electric highway’, to be built between the national capital of Delhi and Jaipur in Rajasthan.

The  Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said on Friday said the government is already in talks with a foreign company to build the electric highway –which he considered to be his “dream” project – between these two cities and that the construction work might start very soon if the discussions come through.

 Another electric highway may also be constructed between Delhi and Mumbai, and talks are on with a Swedish firm regarding that.

According to Union minister Nitin Gadkari, electric vehicles are not just limited to small road vehicles. Buses, trucks, and railway engines may also eventually be powered by electricity. The minister said that it was his dream to build an electric highway, but the project is still in the proposal stage.

“It is my dream to build an electric highway from Delhi to Jaipur,” the PTI news agency quoted Gadkari as saying. “It is still a proposed project. We are in discussion with a foreign company.”

He also stated that being the transport minister, he has taken the resolution to eventually bring an end to the use of petrol and diesel in the country.

However, connecting electric highways is the most energy-efficient route to zero-emission road freight. The technology is being tested in several pilot projects, with Germany and Sweden taking the lead.

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