March 24, 2023
Under the Green Highways Policy, 344.27 lakh trees were planted between 2016-17 and February 2023
To promote ease of doing business for private investors, the ministry has facilitated the National Single Window System (NSWS)
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) envisions developing wayside amenities across highways and expressways
8,220 old vehicles were scrapped in India between January 2022 and March 20, 2023
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari reported that more than 2.78 lakh electric vehicles (EV) have been registered in India in the 2023 calendar year thus far.
Data on electric vehicle registration from Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, and Lakshadweep is to be completely integrated with the Vahan portal. According to the portal’s data, EV registration in India increased from 3,29,808 in 2021 to 10,20,679 in 2022.
Gadkari also addressed the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) efforts under the Green Highways Policy, noting that 344.27 lakh trees were planted between 2016-17 and February 2023. Furthermore, the NHAI envisions developing wayside amenities (WSAs) every 30-40 kilometres along brownfield national highways and greenfield expressways, with 156 WSAs awarded to date.
To promote ease of doing business for private investors, the ministry has facilitated the application process for automated testing stations and registered vehicle scrapping facilities through the National Single Window System (NSWS).
Currently, 18 states/UTs accept applications for the Voluntary Vehicle-Fleet Modernisation Programme (V-VMP) through NSWS. As of now, the government has received applications from 79 investors for registered vehicle scrapping facilities across 17 states, with 48 approved by respective states. According to Gadkari, 8,220 old vehicles were scrapped in India between January 2022 and March 20, 2023, with the highest numbers in Uttar Pradesh (6,247), Gujarat (1,244), and Assam (357).
Source: Economic Times