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Gadkari favours tax incentives for clean fuel manufacturers

Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: To promote energy efficiency, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has pitched for long-term tax incentives for clean fuel engine manufacturers as well as suppliers of bio-diesel, ethanol and other such fuels.

Taking forward Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestion to prepare a policy to promote clean fuel, a Cabinet note on the issue is likely within a month, Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari told reporters on the sidelines of an event on Sustainable Fuels, organised by TERI.

“Prime Minister has directed Finance Minister (Arun Jaitley) and me to prepare a policy to promote clean fuel. I have written to FM for tax exemption to manufacturers of clean fuel engines and suppliers of such fuel for five years which can be extended to another five years,” he said.

“A cabinet note will be floated in this regard within a month,” he added.

Promoting clean fuel like ethanol and bio-diesel has been high on his agenda as it will help in cutting India’s huge Rs 9 lakh crore annual import bills on petrol, gas and crude, the Minister said.

Huge import bills were also behind declining value of the rupee, he added.

“Waste can be converted into wealth. Use of clean fuel like ethanol and bio-diesel can reduce carbon-di-oxide emission by 95 per cent. We have taken a decision to encourage bio-fuel and alternative fuel,” Gadkari said earlier addressing the “First International Conference on Sustainable Fuels for IC Engines in Emerging Nations.”

He said bio diesel can be manufactured from non edible oil seeds cultivated on waste land and “more research is needed in this direction.”

Even releasing carbon-di-oxide in water bodies can promote algae cultivation through which bio-diesel can be obtained, he said adding that huge fruit and vegetable waste and municipal waste could easily be utilised to convert theminto bio CNG.

“In Wazirabad market alone, 500 to 600 tonnes of fruits go waste daily and if used in creating clean fuel, over 500 buses can run on these fuel,” he said.

Promoting clean fuel will not only boost economic growth but can have positive impact on GDP growth, he said.

Gadkari said one ethanol-powered bus, manufactured by Scania, was already running in Nagpur, while buses which can run both on water and roads would also be introduced.

Stressing commitment to ‘Make in India’, he said besides this, the endeavour was also be to make a ‘Pollution-free India.’

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