India Needs to Reduce Oil Imports: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

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Batting for green hydrogen as a transport fuel, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said there is a need to make India a country that will not be dependent on imports of petrol and diesel.

“Green hydrogen is better than petrol and diesel. The transport sector is witnessing a big change. “We want to make a country which will not be dependent upon the import of petrol and diesel but will export fuel,” the road transport and highways minister said, adding that this was a nationalistic view.

Gadkari regretted that some countries are also using proceeds from the sale of petrol and diesel to finance terrorism. By importing petrol and diesel, We are making countries richer which also finance terrorism.

The road transport and highways minister, however, did not name any country.

He said the reduction of import of petrol and diesel can solve a lot of problems being faced by the country.

Gadkari said it is unfortunate that India has to import aluminium and copper even though the country has an abundance of these metals.

He emphasised that economy and environment are important… there is a need to protect environment and ecology, but development and infrastructure work should not be stopped. He noted that in the near future, India would need more power as there is a probability that the economic growth of the country will accelerate.

Referring to the issue of recent power shortages in some parts of the country, he said the situation of state-run Discoms are very bad.

“We were surplus in power, now we are facing power shortage. So, probably in December, January, February, March, April and May, we may face the problem of power shortage,” he said.

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