News ID: 255409
Published: 0659 GMT July 07, 2019

Green environment behind push for public transport, EVs in India: Minister

Green environment behind push for public transport, EVs in India: Minister
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Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the tax proposals in the Union Budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) on fossil fuels and electric cars must push people to avoid polluting fuels and adopt either electric vehicles or public transport.

Sitharaman in an interaction with the media said the increase in the duty on petrol and diesel announced in the budget was not meant to hurt the middle class, but address environmental concerns, newkerala.com wrote.

"If I am investing in better metro connectivity, public transport and better future transport, I would expect a behavioral shift towards using public transport rather than using one's own car with a single passenger," the Minister added.

"If I had given people deduction for buying affordable house, is that for the super rich? Not at all, it is for the middle class. If I have also promoted the use of electric cars in place of fossil fuel vehicles, again, it is keeping in mind the commitments we have made for environment's sake. I am also helping the middle class to shift from a fossil fuel run vehicle to one that runs on electricity," she said.

The government has proposed to impose additional two percent excise duty on petrol and diesel in the budget for 2019-20.

   
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