Gadkari, during the ride of hydrogen-powered car, was seen sitting in the front seat of the car next to the driver and the car has a green number plate which is used in electric vehicles as well.
New Delhi: On a day when senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for rising fuel costs, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari Wednesday entered Parliament riding a hydrogen-powered car. The union minister, as part of a pilot project, reached to attend Parliament session from his residence in the morning.
Criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for constant hike in fuel prices, Rahul Gandhi tweeted (in Hindi), “Prime Minister’s Daily To-Do List 1. How much should I increase the rate of petrol-diesel-gas 2. How to stop people’s ‘Kharche Pe Charcha’ 3. How to show youth empty dreams of employment 4. Which government company should I sell today? 5. How to make farmers more helpless.”
On Wednesday, Gadkari, during the ride of the hydrogen-powered car, was seen sitting in the front seat of the car next to the driver. The car has a green number plate which is used in electric vehicles as well. The Union Minister, earlier this month, had launched India’s first hydrogen-based advanced “Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV)” – Toyota Mirai. At the launch, he had said that green hydrogen was “an efficient, eco-friendly and sustainable energy pathway to make India energy self-reliant”.
Gadkari, who is always vocal about a transition to renewable and green energy, says that rapid strides in green fuel technology will reduce the cost of electric vehicles (EVs), bringing them on a par with petrol-run vehicles in two years’ time.
Meanwhile, prices of petrol and diesel increased across the country for the eight time in the last nine days on Wednesday. Petrol and diesel rates were hiked by 80 paise a litre in the national Capital following which, a litre of petrol will now cost Rs 101.01 and diesel will cost Rs 92.27 per litre. Petrol costs rose to Rs 115.88 per litre and diesel prices to 100.10 per litre in Mumbai.