Under the new Vehicle Scrapping Policy, no vehicles will be allowed to run after 15 years of usage and the policy has been submitted to the Union cabinet for approval.
This was stated by Union Minister for Road, Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari. On the sidelines of the launch of Nagpur Municipal Corporation's new city bus service 'Aapli Bus', Gadkari said that Central government has been receiving directives from Supreme Court regarding rising pollution.
Gadkari stated that the vehicle scrapping policy will certainly help in controlling pollution and it will also bring huge investments in the automobile sector.
Under this policy, it is also speculated to provide subsidy to the procurement of new vehicles. Gadkari also revealed that government has also decided to leapfrog to Euro VI emission norms by 2020 from the current Bharat IV levels.
He also stated that US electric automaker Tesla Motors have been invited for a test run of Hyperloop Capsule which is capable of travelling at a speed of 1,120km/h on Pune-Mumbai expressway.
Through the Hyperloop the travel time from Pune to Mumbai will be just 40 minutes. The Hyperloop can also be introduced in the Nagpur-Mumbai super expressway.
Nagpur became the maiden city in the country to run ethanol fueled Green buses. The first batch of 55 Green buses was launched on Monday. The proposed plan is to also introduce electric and bio-CNG buses to reduce pollution.