New Delhi: Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday rolled into the Parliament in a hydrogen-powered car amid soaring prices of fuel, which is causing huge disappointment across the country.
Nitin Gadkari had earlier this month launched India’s first hydrogen-based advanced Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) – Toyota Mirai. Gadkari travelled from his residence to the Parliament in the green hydrogen-powered car, which is a first of its kind in the country.He addresses the car as a sustainable ,eco-friendly and reliable alternative of the widely used fuel based cars. The car can reportedly cover 600 kilometres on a full tank, which brings down the cost of travel to just Rs 2 per kilometre.
He had also shared a video in his Twitter account, of how green hydrogen can power a car. At the launch, he said that green hydrogen was “an efficient, eco-friendly and sustainable energy pathway to make India energy self-reliant”.
“Demonstrating the car powered by ‘Green Hydrogen’, Shri Gadkari ji emphasized the need to spread awareness about Hydrogen, Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle(FCEV) technology and its benefits to support hydrogen-based society for India,” the post read. Images showed the Minister sitting in the front seat of the car next to the driver as he travelled to the Parliament.
Petrol and diesel prices have started to soar in India as the domestic oil companies have been revising their rates. On Tuesday, petrol price crossed Rs.100-mark in metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. India imports around 85 percent of its oil needs from other countries. Hence the retail rates also depend upon the global market movement. The oil companies have been revising their rates since March 22. In the last 10 days there have been 9 revisions.
Yesterday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a shot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India’s increasing fuel prices. In a tweet, Gandhi mocked the Prime Minister’s to-do list , indirectly expressing his concern over the soaring fuel prices.
India Blooms News Service