The government is planning to build electric highways powered by solar energy that will allow charging of heavy duty trucks and buses, to boost India’s electric drive.

Union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari reiterated the government’s plans to give India’s public transport system an electric boost at an event organised by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC).

“The government is strongly encouraging solar and wind energy-based charging mechanisms for electric mobility.”

“We are also working on developing electric highways, which will be powered by solar energy, and this will facilitate charging of heavy-duty trucks and buses while running,” Gadkari said.

He added that the government is also encouraging toll plazas to be powered by solar energy.

The road ministry has conducted route optimisation exercises across major corridors and has designed a newer alignment.

Emphasising that a well developed infrastructure enhances economic activities, creates new businesses and promotes job creation, Gadkari said, “We are constructing 26 greenfield expressways.”

He said with the launch of PM Gati Shakti Master Plan, projects will get faster clearance and it will cut down on logistics costs.
The minister invited private investors from the United States to invest in India’s logistics, ropeways, and cable car sectors.

He stated that approximately 3 crore trees would be planted along national highways, and that the government is implementing tree plantation practises during highway construction and expansion.
“And till now we have successfully transplanted 27,000 trees on national highway projects,” he said. As per policy, authorities such as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) will have to maintain a tree bank account to plant trees during the project development.

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