'Green fuel a must with rise in vehicle population'

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New Delhi, Oct 31 (UNI) With India's on-road vehicle population expected to increase seven times to reach 372 million in 2016, steps should be taken to produce green fuel and ensure that the next generation vehicles are 'gas sippers' rather than 'gas guzzlers', Heavy Industry Secretary R C Panda said today.

Addressing a seminar on 'Technology Trends for Fuel Efficiency and Emission Control in Transport Sector', Mr Panda said India would enjoy in 2016 its eminent position of being the largest tractor and three wheeler manufacturer in the world and second largest two wheeler manufacturer. It would emerge as the seventh largest car producer and retain its fourth position in the truck manufacturing industry.

''It is, therefore, pertinent to produce green fuel and ensure fuel-efficient vehicles through policy intervention by the Government and voluntary measures by the auto industry.'' He said the Government was taking several steps to face the challenges in automotive technology and emission control technology such as tougher regulations, financial incentives, continued research and development, consumer education and marketing.

The day-long seminar was organised by the Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) in association with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Society of Indian Automobile Manufactures (SIAM).


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