Mumbai, May 12: Pushing for a more sustainable transport system in India, the country’s planning body, NITI Aayog has proposed a selective set of measures to boost advanced modes of transportation including electric cars and buses. Among these measures, NITI Aayog has placed a particular emphasis on the need to restrict the registration of petrol and diesel vehicles.
This restriction of fossil fuel-dependent vehicles is expected to be done by capping the number of possible sales based on public lotteries. In addition, customers will be provided incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles. The suggestions were put forth in the NITI Aayog’s report titled “India leaps ahead: Transformative mobility solutions for all” released on Friday.
The report predicts that a shift to electric vehicles and modes of rapid mass transport such as metros will help the country save $60 billion or Rs 3.9 lakh crore by 2030. Further, the report, that NITI Aayog brought out in collaboration with the US-based think tank Rocky Mountain Institute, predicts that the shift will help in the conservation of 64 per cent energy in 2030.
Making the analysis, the report read, “India can save 64% of anticipated passenger road-based mobility-related energy demand and 37% of carbon emissions in 2030 by pursuing a shared, electric, and connected mobility future. This would result in a reduction of 156 Mtoe in diesel and petrol consumption for that year. At USD 52/bbl of crude, this would imply a net savings of roughly Rs 3.9 lakh crore (approximately 60 billion USD) in 2030.”
It added, “India’s current mobility system reflects many of the underlying properties of the emerging mobility paradigm. India could leapfrog the conventional mobility model and achieve a shared, electric, and connected mobility future by capitalising on these existing conditions and building on foundational government programmes and policies. Recent policy announcements, private-sector activity, and headline news indicate significant convergence among key stakeholders. A transformed mobility future will require participation and collaboration across diverse stakeholder groups.”
The report was published on the basis of discussions between 75 executives from public and private sectors discussing ways to decongest the present public mobility by designing a sustainable model for the next 15 years. On the basis of the report the government is expected to promote the manufacturing of battery cell technology and push the electric mobility ancillary industries.