India's First Ethanol Run Bus Rolls out in Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC)

India's first pilot project to test ethanol-run environment-friendly public buses was launched in Nagpur by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that a Bill to make provision for running vehicles on bio-fuels and hybrid electric would be tabled in the Parliament in the next session.

During the launch on Friday, the Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping said the Centre would provide 200-500 ethanol-run buses to Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) under the 'Green Bus' project.

"The country imports petrol, diesel and gas worth over Rs 6 lakh crore every year. India can reduce the imports by at least Rs 2 lakh crore by using alternative fuels. Ethanol-run bus project is the first initiative in this direction.

"Four states-- Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu-- will be the major beneficiaries from the project as they produce ethanol in large quantities," Gadkari said.

The green fuel also conserves environment by reducing pollution, he said.

"Such renewable fuels can boost our nation's economy and improve the farmers condition who are committing suicide. Other such alternative sources like hybrid electric can boost automobile and other sectors.

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