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“India Launching Campaign to Stamp Out Use of Single-Use Plastics”: Modi at UN

Even as I am addressing you today, a very large campaign is being started across the entire country to make India free of single-use plastic

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York, Sept. 27, 2019. VOA

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations on Friday that India was launching a campaign to stamp out the use of single-use plastics.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations on Friday that India was launching a campaign to stamp out. Pixabay

“Even as I am addressing you today, a very large campaign is being started across the entire country to make India free of single-use plastic,” Modi, who wants to scrap such plastics by 2022, told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.

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Officials told Reuters last month that India is set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups and straws on Oct. 2. (VOA)

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Air India becomes First Airline in World to Use “TaxiBot” on Airbus A320 Aircraft Operating Commercial Flight

Using this device, it is possible to tow the aircraft from parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off

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Accordingly, the airline used the "TaxiBot" on its flight AI665 from Delhi to Mumbai at Terminal 3, IGI Airport. Pixabay

National passenger carrier Air India on Tuesday became the first airline in the world to use “TaxiBot” on an Airbus A320 aircraft operating a commercial flight.

As per aviation parlance, a “TaxiBot” or “Taxiing Robot”, is a pilot controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as an alternate taxiing equipment.

Accordingly, the airline used the “TaxiBot” on its flight AI665 from Delhi to Mumbai at Terminal 3, IGI Airport.

“Using this device, it is possible to tow the aircraft from parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off. Thus saving precious fuel and reduce Engine wear and tear,” the airline said in a statement.

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As per aviation parlance, a “TaxiBot” or “Taxiing Robot”, is a pilot controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as an alternate taxiing equipment. Pixabay

“The ignition will be turned only when the aircraft reaches the runway. These TaxiBots will be used for departing flights only. This way, Air India will take a giant step towards curbing carbon emission, which will result in improving air quality and accelerate a greener aviation eco-system.”

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According to the statement, usage of “TaxiBots” will significantly bring down fuel consumption by as much as 85 per cent used during taxiing of aircraft. (IANS)