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Gadkari arrives at Parliament in green hydrogen-fuelled car

Union Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari arrives at Parliament by a green hydrogen-powered car, at Parliament House, in New Delhi on March 30, 2022.

Union Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari arrives at Parliament by a green hydrogen-powered car, at Parliament House, in New Delhi on March 30, 2022. | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari arrived at Parliament in a green hydrogen-based electric car today, signalling his support for green energy.

Speaking to reporters outside his residence before leaving for Parliament, Gadkari outlined the need to raise more awareness about green hydrogen and fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV).

“India will soon become Green Hydrogen exporting country,” he said.

“In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of clean and cutting-edge mobility in India, our government, through National Hydrogen Mission is committed to focusing on green and clean energy,” he added.

He also pointed out that the common man is suffering as prices of gas and petroleum continue to rise in the international market. Global conflict conditions have driven up petrol and diesel prices, with the price increase over the last 9 days touching Rs. 5.60.

Gadkari noted that green hydrogen is cheaper than petrol. Green hydrogen is generated from water, and is then used to fuel the vehicle. Gadkari also indicated that the government is aiming to develop hydrogen from organic waste. Green hydrogen can also be used in the steel industry, chemical manufacturing and pharmaceuticals, replacing environmentally-unfriendly coal, he said. Gadkari said this would be a big revolution, and would also create large-scale employment.

Not only did Gadkari signal that India would move towards the manufacture of green hydrogen, he also said that we would create green hydrogen refuelling stations across the country.

Green hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water. It produces zero carbon and is considered a clean alternative energy source. Recently, the power ministry indicated that India aims to manufacture five million tonnes of green hydrogen per annum by 2030, citing both climate change goals and plans to become a manufacture and export hub.

(With inputs from PTI)


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