Union Minister Gadkari on Sunday while pitching for the Make in India drive, called upon automakers to develop indigenous technologies to build environment-friendly car engines. Indian car-manufactures still pay a huge amount of royalty cost to foreign companies and by developing their own, they would be able to save a huge amount of money, he further said.
“Even today despite more than 90 percent, indigenization some of our car manufactures has been paying royalties for technology of over Rs 4,000 crore every year. They will not be required to do so if they develop indigenous technologies”, said after quantifying the data.
As the nation is battling against the pollution, the automakers should focus on developing indegenious technologies under Make in India drive. Giving example of Brazil, he said “Flex fuel is available for all major brands, whether Volkswagen, Ford, Toyota, Honda or Hyundai. Flex engine is there. In the same tank you can use petrol and ethanol.”
Turning to indigenous technologies may also help in diversification of the agriculture. “Agriculture economy is facing lots of problems…thousands of our farmers are committing suicide. We will definitely encourage diversification of agriculture towards energy, power and bio-plastics which in turn would strengthen the hands of poor farmers,” he said.
Ethanol can be manufactured from a number of agricultural yields such as sugarcane, wheat and rice, if technologies can be improved to that par.
Promotion of bio-fuel wouldn’t only help to reduce the import burden of fuels which is Rs.8 lakh crore per annum but also it can place India as a responsible country fighting against the climate change.
Indian government is also planning to convert 1.5 lakh public buses into electric buses. One such bus will save the environment by emission of 48, 000 kg of Co2 per year.
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