He informed that 8 lakh crore petroleum is imported every year in the country. Gadkari said that it costs much less to drive electric vehicles than petrol and diesel vehicles. He informed that the government is giving priority to the use of electric vehicles in agriculture and construction sector.
Gadkari said that the use of electric tractors and equipment in agriculture can reduce the cost of diesel, which will increase the income of farmers. He said that smoke emanating from plants and factories is also the main cause of air pollution. The industry sector is also being considered to promote the use of electric appliances.
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He informed that the government is exploring an alternative to coal. Electric cooking systems in plants and factories can play an important role in eliminating pollution. The feasibility of this technique is currently being studied.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has recently launched the ‘Go Electric’ campaign under which the central government will take important decisions towards clean energy driven vehicles and environmental protection in future by curbing petroleum imports.
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Let us know that Nitin Gadkari has recently launched the country’s first tractor powered by CNG. It is the first diesel tractor in the country to have a CNG kit. With the use of this tractor, a saving of Rs 1.5 lakhs can be made on the annual diesel expenditure.
The main objective of preparing this tractor is to reduce the cost of farming and increase the income from farming. During the launch event, Nitin Gadkari said that the government is setting up a center to convert tractors into CNG, where CNG kits can be installed in tractors at very low prices. A plan has been prepared to open such centers in every district of the country.
A liter of diesel costs around Rs 77.43 while a 1 kg CNG costs Rs 42. A farmer spends Rs 3-3.5 lakhs on diesel in a year, while the use of CNG tractor can save Rs 1.5 lakhs annually. Nitin Gadkari has also announced that he will soon launch electric tractors in the country.