India to Adopt Cost-Effective EV Technology for Mass Rapid Transportation

India is exploring cost-effective power-based technology for rapid transport on a large scale, according to Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways said.

The ministry plans to develop ropeways as an alternative transportation solution in congested and hilly urban areas. 

Addressing a U.S. audience on March 4, Gadkari said, “I am very much interested in working on the technology of ropeway, cable car, and especially light rail transport.”  

“Cable car and Ropeways are amongst the technology I’m interested in working on with the technology of light rail transport,” Gadkari said.  

He said some U.S. companies had approached the minister with the technology.   

In addition, the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) launched the Series of Dialogues, a part of the Silicon Valley Monthly Dialogue (SVD). 

While briefing Indian-Americans from Silicon Valley about the steps being taken by India, Gadkari said, “We are looking for cost-effective technology and which we can use in India for mass rapid transportation on the electricity system.” This will significantly strengthen its physical infrastructure, especially the transport system.  

In parallel, the government is planning 11 ropeway projects to boost connectivity in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Sikkim. He said that port connectivity projects are being implemented to enable faster movement of cargo connecting all ports and inland waters waste minerals to enhance the efficiency of domestic and international trade routes.  

65 projects of 2,050 km length are planned for port connectivity which is in various stages of development. “India is developing 29 emergency landing facilities for fighter aircraft on national highways. From the defense point of view, they are of strategic importance,” he acknowledged.  

In parallel, 65 projects with 2,050 kilometers are planned for port connectivity, which is in various stages of development.   

“India is developing 29 emergency landing facilities for fighter planes on national highways, which are of strategic importance from a defense perspective,” he said.  

Last but not least, the official urged American companies to invest in the country.  

“Technocrats like you can drive the development of the best system for India,” he said, adding that India is allowing 100 percent FDI in the road sector, and there are enormous opportunities for joint ventures.