The government is considering giving financial incentives to those willing to discard their old cars under a new policy, transport minister Nitin Gadkari said on Friday as he urged people to avoid using multiple cars and adopt ‘vehicle planning’ on the lines of ‘family planning’.
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Gadkari, also the roads and highways minister, said the new policy is aimed at encouraging people to discard their old cars and purchase the new ones which also benefits the government in form of tax revenue.
“We are formulating a new policy that whoever will surrender the old car we will give some incentive to them. We will process the old cars in any industrial area and recycle their parts. We will give some money to them. On one new vehicle purchase government is benefited by Rs 95,000. We will encourage people to sell off their old cars,” he said while speaking at a PHD Chamber event here. The minister said the road infrastructure is not able to match the growth of vehicles in the country, while discarding of old vehicles will also help de-congest the roads. “Like family planning, vehicle planning is also important and it needs to be put into action. Vehicles are growing at a fast pace and the road infrastructure is not able to match it. We need to work on tackling this situation,” the minister added.
Besides, he said that a slew of steps are on to overhaul the highways sector including the Rs 4,000 crore Metrino pilot project to decongest Delhi. Under the project fully automatic and driverless small vehicles known as pods will travel suspended under an overhead network.
“We are set to reform the highways sector. We want to do work worth Rs 5 lakh crore in 5 years … we are taking a number of initiatives to decongest the national capital and other areas,” Gadkari said.
Meanwhile, he also said that to transform India’s 90,000 kms of national highways into green corridors, the Centre will implement a policy under which one per cent of the road construction cost will go for planting trees.