Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday called for clean energy and “clean kilometres” as he unveiled a mobility road map that seeks investments in manufacturing electric vehicles and increased use of public transport. He said that clean mobility powered by clean energy is the most powerful weapon to fight climate change. And, congestion-free mobility is critical to check economic and environmental costs of congestion, he said while addressing the Global Mobility Summit 'MOVE'.
"This means a pollution-free clean drive, leading to clean air and better living standards for our people. We should champion the idea of 'clean kilometres',” Modi said.
"My vision for the future of mobility in India is based on 7 Cs: common, connected, convenient, congestion-free, charged, clean, cutting-edge," he said.
Modi also said that the Indian economy is the world's fastest growing major economy that is building 100 smart cities and constructing roads, airports, rail lines and ports at a greater pace.
The country needs to go beyond cars to other vehicles such as scooters and rickshaws, Modi said.
"Common public transport must be the cornerstone of our mobility initiatives... We need to ensure that public transport is preferred to private modes of travel," he said, urging people to utilise the full potential for vehicle pooling.
"The Internet-enabled Connected Sharing Economy is emerging as the fulcrum of mobility," he said.
Modi also said that mobility is the key driver of the economy, and it should be safe, affordable and accessible for all sections of the society. The government wants to drive investments across the value chain from batteries to smart charging to electric vehicle manufacturing.
"Better mobility reduces the burden of travel and transportation, and can boost economic growth. It is already a major employer and can create the next generation of jobs," Modi said, adding that mobility is the key forward.
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Addressing MOVE, a special summit on the future of mobility. Watch my speech. https://t.co/9rgUalEWrG— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 7, 2018