TNI || New Delhi || 15th April 2022
On April 12, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari emphasised the need to investigate the use of alternative fuels, particularly methanol, to reduce operational costs.
He also emphasised the importance of improving waterways to facilitate trade and commerce because they are the most cost-effective means of communication.
The minister for road transport and highways, in his virtual address on the final day of the two-day Waterways Conclave-2022, stated that with the rise in petrol and diesel prices, it is becoming increasingly vital to discover the more conveniently available and cheaper fuel.
He promoted the use of methanol in vehicle engines, claiming that it is significantly less expensive than diesel and that technology exists to transform diesel engines into methanol engines.
It is critical to promote the use of alternative fuels, and much more methanol can be used. He believes that new fuel technology is critical.
Gadkari noted that Assam is well positioned to gain from the shift, stating that Assam Petroleum now produces 100 tonnes of methanol a day and would be increasing that to 500 tonnes per day.
Gadkari stated that his ministry is focused on developing road infrastructure in the Northeast, which he claims will have world-class roads within five years, since its development is crucial for the country’s overall growth, and the Centre is focused on expediting it.