With 14 of the 20 most polluted global cities present in India, there is an urgent need to cut its import bill and switch the transport system from internal combustion to electric, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said on Thursday.
He said considering that 76 per cent of all vehicles in India are two-wheelers which account for 30 per cent of air pollution, the priority of the government is to ensure the switch to electric starts with them.
"India is different from the US and Europe because here, around 76 per cent of the vehicles are two-wheelers which consume 60 per cent of fuel and emit 30 per cent of total pollution. Among the rest, three per cent are three-wheelers and seven to eight per cent constitutes the public transport vehicles.
"India needs to convert these two-and-three-wheelers into electric vehicles, ensure cleaner fuel for public transport and push sharing-based transport system in place of private cars," Kant said.
His remarks came ahead of the two-day "MOVE: Global Mobility Summit" which will be inaugurated on Friday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The focus of the summit is on raising awareness about various aspects of Mobility and bringing various stakeholders involved in enhancing mobility across different platforms.
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