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Transport Ministry of India initiative for Eco-Friendly transportation in the country likely to save Rs 60,000 cr. of fuel

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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Here are Ways to Make Your Office Eco-Friendly

Make your office environment friendly

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Anyone who spends most of their time in the office should adopt ways to make their offices eco-friendly. Lifetime Stock

BY PUJA GUPTA

Conscious efforts are needed to make our surroundings more environment friendly. And as people spend a huge chunk of their day and life in the office, hence it should employ tools that can help conserve energy and decrease uses of non-renewable resources. Nakul Mathur, Managing Director, Avanta India shares some tips:

1. Reduce the use of paper

One should try to use digital copies as much as possible; it not only enables us to save trees but makes documents safer and easier to store. In case, it is extremely important to take printouts, the office should implement a policy of printing on both sides of the paper. To move towards eco-friendly step, offices should also have the policy to use recycled papers wherever the requirement is.

2. Reduce energy consumption

There are multiple ways to achieve this. Turning off the lights in rooms where no one is using will help to reduce power consumption. Switch off computer screens and another electronic device at the end of the day is an excellent habit to get into. Basically, anything that is not being used, see if you can power it down. Rather than relying on the staff to remember to turn off lights and power down electronics, install motion-activated lights and utilize power-saver modes. Power-saver modes will put computers, printers, and other electronics to sleep, or shut them down entirely.

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The usage of paper should be reduced in the office. Lifetime Stock

3. Use reusable containers

There should be a complete ban on using plastic items such as bottles or containers in offices. Employees should be encouraged to always carry jute bags or cloth bags. People should stop consuming juices or other beverages that come in plastic bottles. Inside the premises, the office should only keep reusable containers to be used for drinking water or coffee. This will help in spreading the message that reduces the use of plastic is a major step towards becoming eco-friendly.

4. Recycle etiquette

Install recycling bins at places that are easily accessible for employees. Everyone should be aware of the different bins which are kept to segregate the waste and the usage of those bins in an appropriate manner. This way we can encourage the employees towards keeping the eco-friendly environment at the office. In fact, if we can recycle around 30 per cent of our trash we will save energy equal to around 12 billion gallons of gasoline.

5. Sustainability team and three R’s

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Basically, being eco-friendly boils down to three Rs — Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Every office must appoint a sustainability team that will keep an eye on all the employees who follow three R’s. The following monthly targets can be set for employees and awards given to encourage everyone become eco-friendly. This type of regular environment awareness sessions should also be organized and every new employee should be informed about the eco-friendly policy. (IANS)