Will go to SC and share ideas on tackling vehicular pollution: Nitin Gadkari

Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said he was ready to go to the Supreme Court and share his ideas on how to tackle vehicular pollution and gradually transition from fossil fuel based vehicles to electric and hydrogen ones.

Talking to TOI after the apex court asked if would come to the court and explain the government’s policy vision, Gadkari said, “I will certainly go to the Supreme Court with officers whenever it asks me. I will share our initiatives, vision plan and also the difficulties we are facing to address air pollution issues in cities.”

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The minister is in Sweden to participate in the third Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety. Gadkari said environmental pollution was a huge crisis across cities and this could be addressed with cooperation among all authorities.

“We have seen how Delhi’s acute air pollution in recent years has become a major public health issue. We built a bypass for Delhi in the form of two peripheral expressways. More highways are being built which will bring some relief. But we need to shift our focus to cleaner fuel such as electric, bio-CNG, bio-diesel and hydrogen,” Gadkari said.

The minister said in several cases, people were approaching the apex court on the issue of air pollution and filing PILs. “Our goal is to get rid of air and water pollution. We are open to any guidance since the common goal is important for all and for sustainability.

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We need to have consultations, discussions and cooperation to address such a mammoth problem. Working in close collaboration of all agencies is the key,” he added.

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