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BK Modi, an Indian-born but Singapore-based entrepreneur has offered two electrical buses to the government of India to initiate the implementation of eco-friendly transportation in the country

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  • The government to analyse various measures for the implementation of FAME
  • BK Modi has offered two electrical buses to the government for the same
  • This initiative will lead to the saving of 60,000 crores of fuel that will benefit transport industry 

Sept 10, 2016: The Transport Ministry of India is undergoing a rigorous exercise of analysis to find the most appropriate ways for the implementation of a policy called FAME (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electrical Vehicles).

The introduction of electrical and hybrid vehicles in India will bring about various changes in the economy as well as in the environment. According to Anant Geete, the Heavy Industry Minister, the functioning of electrical vehicles will save an amount of 60,000 crores in the fuel and also in the vehicle industry, reported The Hindu.

To make sure that the government reaches a point where it gets ready for a practical implementation of this policy, an amount of 14,000 crores is being allocated for this project. The implementation of this initiative will also lead to a tremendous amount of reduction in the pollution caused by the running of petroleum or diesel vehicles.

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B K Modi, the chairman of Smart Group is an India-born but Singapore-based entrepreneur. His company deals in areas of health, finance, and mobility. In a recent interview, he mentioned about his various tie-ups and plans regarding the introduction of eco-friendly vehicles in India. He said, that he has signed an agreement with the BY Danto industry based in South California for the same, quoted businessworld.in.

His company is focusing on the public vehicles initially as this will lead to the testing of this policy in an effective manner. For this, he has also offered two electrical buses to the government for the purpose of having a round of trial but is yet to get a solid reply from the government of India, reported The Hindu.images Nitin Gadkari, the Minister of Transportation, in an event, when questioned about this policy, gave a critical reply.

He said that for the implementation of this policy the government will have to look into various sectors like the roads, public and private vehicle mobility, road map safety, etc.“We are seriously studying the implementation of this policy and will soon approach the cabinet for this” the Minister said.

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Agreeably, the introduction of eco-friendly vehicles in India will lead to a chain of benefits in the economy as well as the environment but also lies with it the greatest matter of concern that is the question of whether our country and our government is actually ready for the successful implementation of it, mentioned The Hindu.

The Nitin Gadkari-led ministry soon needs to find out methods for the implementation of the initiative and let the entire nation drive in a state of developed eco- friendly transportation system. A solid transport budget with the specific amount of money allocation, along with the measurements regarding the various facilities required for the functioning of electrical buses will work well in a country when it is likely to benefit all.

– prepared by Ayushi Gaur of Newsgram

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Facts about Indian Railways you can’t miss

India proudly boasts of world's largest railway network. Not only that, but the India railways itself can boast as the biggest employer in the India. 

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Facts about Indian Railways you shouldn't miss. Wikimedia Common
Facts about Indian Railways you shouldn't miss. Wikimedia Common

India proudly boasts of world’s largest railway network. Not only that, but the India railways itself can boast as the biggest employer in India.

Railways is a major part of India, not only because of its importance as a means of transportation but also because of its political and economic significance.

Here are some interesting facts about Indian Railways which might surprise you :

  • The New Delhi-Bhopal Shatabdi Express is the fastest train in India. The train runs at an average speed of 91 kmph and touches a top speed of 150 kmph on the 195 km Delhi-Agra stretch. The Nilgiri Express with an average speed of 10 kmph is said to be India’s slowest train.
Indian Railways is one of the most important and controversial transport in India. Wikimedia Commons
Indian Railways is one of the most important and controversial transports in India. Wikimedia Commons
  •  Indian Railways-owned the longest railway platform in the world at Kharagpur with a length of 2,733 feet. Now, breaking the record, Gorakhpur station has recently taken its place with a length of 4,430 feet.
  • Two historical railway elements are included in the UNESCO’ World Heritage site list – the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and the Indian Mountain Railways.The Indian Mountain Railways includes three railways – the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways, Nilgiri Mountain Railways and Kalka Shimla Railway. All three trains have been functional for some 100 years. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is famous for its classic fusion of Gothic art with Indian architecture.
Indian Railways is on UNESCO list too. Wikimedia Commons.
Indian Railways is on UNESCO list too. Wikimedia Commons.
  • The Vivek Express (Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari) travels the longest distance of 4273 km. The shortest run is taken by a few scheduled services between Nagpur and Ajni – a total of 3 kms.
  • Mathura junction has the maximum number of routes emerging from it. The 7 of them include – Broad Gauge (BG) line to Agra Cantt, BG line to Bharatpur, BG line to Alwar, BG line to Delhi, Metre Gauge (MG) line to Achnera, MG line to Vrindavan and MG line to Hathras.
  • The railways function on a high operating ratio of 94%, that is, it spends 94 paise on every rupee that it earns.
  • The mascot for Indian Railways is Bholuor Bholu the guard elephant, which was designed by National Institute of Design. It was introduced on 16th April 2002.

    Bholu - the elephant guard was revealed in 2002. Wikimedia Commons
    Bholu – the elephant guard was revealed in 2002. Wikimedia Commons
  • The oldest working Indian locomotive still in use is the Fairy Queen, which worked with a steam engine.
  • India has eight Railway Museums – in Delhi, Pune, Kanpur, Mysore, Kolkata, Chennai, Ghum, and Tiruchirappalli. The National Railway Museum in Delhi is the largest rail museum in Asia.
  • Toilets were introduced in 1909 in the lower classes of trains, after a letter by certain Okhil Babu that described the ordeal he faced due to the absence of lavatories.