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The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas said that it had no plans of completely banning diesel and petrol vehicles in the country because rising fuel demand had to be met by a combination of fossil fuels, Bio-fuels, and electric vehicles.
The Indian government plans to boost electric mobility over the coming years and are working towards it. The NITI Aayog recently suggested that banning petrol and diesel two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and passenger cars by 2030 would save the country a lot of expenses on oil imports.
India relies on imports to meet 80 percent of its oil demand, however, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan says that conventional cars won't be banned any time soon.
Minister Pradhan said that while electric vehicles were a priority, the incremental requirement of fuel would have to be met via a combination of BS-VI grade petrol and diesel, (CNG) Compressed Natural Gas, and Bio-fuels.
Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also stated that even if India doesn't plan a total ban on diesel and petrol vehicles, the government will continue to push for higher electric vehicle use, with the ultimate aim of reducing the country's huge petrol and diesel import bill.
The Oil Minister also said that there was no official government document that mentions banning petrol and diesel vehicles from a particular date simply because the country cannot afford it.
The government's think tank, the NITI Aayog estimates that India spent USD 112 billion on importing oil during the financial year 2018-19.
The panel recommended earlier this year that India ban the sale of petroleum based two-wheelers and three-wheelers by 2025. The panel also recommended a ban on non-electric car sales beginning in 2030 and called for cab aggregators like Uber and Ola to use only electric vehicles from 2030.
Analysts and auto manufacturers think that the proposal to ban non-electric cars from 2030 is unrealistic because fuel demand will continue to rise with increasing population and higher spending power. But there seems to be some relief after the Oil Minister admitted that the country cannot afford to ban all petrol and diesel sales from 2030.
Thoughts About The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Saying They Will Not Ban Diesel And Petrol Vehicles
Here we go again. The Indian government seem to be a confused lot. They want to ban diesel and petrol vehicles on one day, and then not ban them on another. We think a ban on diesel and petrol based vehicles cannot happen within a ten year period.
It will take much longer for the government of India to set up alternate fuel infrastructure, and worse, at least twice that time for Indians to adopt new fuels. Add to that resistance from vehicle manufacturers, fuel station owners, and the masses at large. India is not as mentally advanced at most European countries and therein, is our problem.