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  • ''Government is also encouraging toll plazas to be powered by solar energy''

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After electric vehicles; India to get electric highways

An electric highway generally refers to a road which supplies power to vehicles travelling on it, including through overhead power lines

Imagine an electric highway, which supplies power to vehicles traveling on it, well that's what the Indian government is working on.

Addressing an event organised by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC), Nitin Gadkari reiterated that the government wants to develop India's public transport system on electricity.

The government is strongly encouraging solar and wind energy-based charging mechanisms for electric mobility, Nitin Gadkari said.

"We are also working on developing electric highways, which will be powered by solar energy and this will facilitate charging of heavy duty trucks and buses while running," he said.

Gadkari said that the government is also encouraging toll plazas to be powered by solar energy.

The minister said the road ministry has conducted route optimisation exercises across major corridors and has designed newer alignment.

Emphasising that a well-developed infrastructure enhances economic activities, creates new businesses and promotes job creation, Gadkari said, "We are constructing 26 greenfield expressways."

With the launch of PM Gati Shakti Master Plan, he said projects will get faster clearance and it would cut down logistic costs.

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