E-highway will be built between Delhi-Jaipur as soon as assembly elections come! know the reality

New Delhi : There was a time when, seeing the dilapidated condition of India’s roads, the former Prime Minister Late. Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee had taunted his previous governments and said, ‘Are there potholes on the roads or are there roads in the potholes?’ When Atal ji became the Prime Minister of India, he first started focusing on the development of the country’s infrastructure. The result of this is that today in India, who talks about tar roads, there is talk of e-highways on the lines of Sweden.

Nitin Gadkari, closest to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and currently the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, dreams of electric highways (e-highways), rising above the concept of ‘roads in potholes’ in India. Are busy making it come true. Now that assembly elections are imminent in India’s Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the central government is announcing the construction of an e-highway on the Delhi-Jaipur route. The thing to be understood is whether the potholed roads in other districts of Rajasthan will also be made electric ways?

According to the report of news agency Bhasha, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday, September 13, 2023 that the government is working on developing electric highways as it is economically practical. He had earlier said that it was his dream to build India’s first electric highway between Delhi and Jaipur.

The Union Minister said in the annual conference of Delhi Vehicle Component Manufacturers Association (ACMA) that my view regarding the electric highway is that the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) will give the right of way. Today I spoke to the Electricity Ministry. I am trying to get electricity at the rate of Rs 3.50 per unit, otherwise the commercial electricity rate is Rs 11 per unit. He said that it is easy for the Power Ministry to provide electricity to a government company at a cheaper rate.

The Union Minister said that the electric highway is very practical economically. I will give all rights to those private sector investors who are going to invest (in the electric highway project). He said that the work of construction of electric cable will be done by private investors and NHAI will collect electricity charges like toll.

Electric highways provide electric traction for vehicles in much the same way as railways. It is based on the technology prevalent in a large number of countries such as Sweden and Norway. This includes the provision of a power cable that can be used by a vehicle that is equipped with this type of technology. The vehicle will use the electricity received from this cable to run. At present the ministry is evaluating various technologies. He said that we are building the first electric highway project in Nagpur on an experimental basis.

The minister said that India is the fastest growing major economy and the automobile industry is the pride of the country. He said that the automobile industry is currently worth Rs 12.50 lakh crore, which is much more than Rs 4.15 lakh crore in 2014. He took over the post of Road Transport and Highways Minister in 2014. Gadkari said that the import of crude oil is continuously increasing. The country needs to find a solution to this crisis.