August 13, 2015
NEW DELHI: Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari
has said that a Bill adopting the best practices in the world in road transportation
and safety standards will be brought soon.
Inaugurating the International Conference and Exhibition on Public Transport
Innovation, Gadkari said the Government is committed to improving safety of
The conference marks the golden jubilee celebrations of the Association of State
Road Transport Undertaking (ASRTU) established on August 13, 1965.
Gadkari said the transport sector will be made corruption-free and transparent. He
stessed the need to adopt new technologies such as GPS-based system,
passenger information system, CCTV cameras, automatic fare collection system
and electronic ticket vending. He asked the Indian automobile manufacturers to
ensure international standards in vehicle manufacturing. The goal should be good
quality at reasonable cost, he added. The Minister called for use of bio-diesel and
other alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Heavy Industries and Public
Enterprises Anant Geete said that his Ministry will fully cooperate with the
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in the development of automobiles that are
in line with the Make in India slogan of the Prime Minister as well as
environmentally conducive. He also suggested that incentives can be given to
manufacturers in this regard.
Vijay Chhibber, Secretary, Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways and
President, ASRTU said that the need is to work in the direction of environment
friendly transport system which is sustainable too. He said that steps should be
taken in the direction of manufacturing hybrid vehicles and developing alternate
Gadkari presented the National Transport Excellence awards on the occasion and a
coffee table book encapsulating the origin and journey of road transport in India
was also released. A short film on public transport was also screened.
The International Conference and Exhibition on Public Transport Innovation – 2015
is a two-day event in which various topics are being discussed such as Sustainable
Public Road Transport – Challenges & Future Road Map, Smart Vehicle
Technologies & Alternate fuels, Women’s Safety & challenges in Public transport
and future of Bus industry in India.