Auto industry needs to enhance safety features to reduce deaths in road accidents: Gadkari

PTI, Jan 13, 2023, 9:17 AM IST

ANI photo

India can become the number one automotive manufacturing hub in the world within five years, but auto companies need to enhance safety features to reduce deaths due to road accidents, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.

In his inaugural address at the Auto Expo 2023 here, the minister for road transport and highways asserted that the government’s target is to reduce these accidents by 50 per cent before the end of 2024 while asking the auto industry to take suo moto action for road safety as the government doesn’t want to make anything mandatory.

Gadkari’s sentiments were also echoed by Minister of Heavy Industries Mahendra Nath Pandey, who lamented that while India has only 1 per cent of the total overall vehicles, the country accounts for 11 per cent of the total global deaths due to road accidents.

”We want to make the Indian automobile industry number one in the world as far as manufacturing is concerned but as far as road accidents are concerned, our target is to reduce by 50 per cent before the end of 2024,” Gadkari said.

He said that many people in the age group of 18-34 young people are losing their lives due to road accidents. With improvement in road infrastructure, he said the speed at which vehicles are driven has also increased, he noted.

”I am again giving best wishes to you that within five years, the day will come that this industry will be the number one manufacturing hub in the world and you have got the potential to challenge it is bigger, but at the same time, it is difficult but not impossible 100 per cent. You are all competent for that,” Gadkari said.

The road minister also sought the support of the industry on the scrapping side of the industry.

”In the scrapping thing, 33 per cent reduction in raw material cost for auto companies, 10-12 per cent boost in sales….and even your turnover will increase because the people who are going to scrap, 100 per cent they are going to purchase a new vehicle,” he said, estimating an increase in sales by up to 24 per cent due to the scrappage policy.

He suggested that companies should give discounts to people looking to buy new vehicles, who show their scrappage certificates.

”We are also trying to get some discounts from the finance ministry for that…but if you can give some discount, it will be beneficial to you as it is going to increase your business and profits,” he added.

Semiconductors and metals from scrapped vehicles can be reused in auto components and it is going to reduce the cost of final products, Gadkari said.

”You can open your scrapping units with a joint venture with small people and the waste material can be purchased by big giants,” he said.

Talking about air pollution, he said this is the time to reduce imports of fossil fuels and exports of EVs.

”Sometimes, I do not feel like coming to Delhi because of pollution,” he said.

Pandey said that the automotive research and development body Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) is working on developing fast chargers for e-vehicles and it will be soon launched in the market.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

Cyclone Biparjoy rapidly intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

Competition Commission approves deal involving Manipal Group

K’taka Education Minister MC Sudhakar speaks on scrapping of NEP

Woman found dead in flat in Bengaluru; hunt on for boyfriend

Anurag Thakur invites protesting wrestlers for talks

College student raped, murdered in Mumbai hostel room; accused security guard found dead on railway tracks

West Indies clinch ODI cricket series in UAE with a game to spare

Related Articles More

Honda looks to ‘Elevate’ fortune in India with 5 new SUVs by 2030

Hero MotoCorp hikes price of e-scooter VIDA V1 Pro by Rs 6,000

Ford urges owners of some Lincoln SUVs to park outdoors because they can catch fire with engines off

Toyota debuts hydrogen-fuelled Corolla race car as auto racing begins shift away from gas guzzlers

Toyota, Daimler Truck, Hino, Mitsubishi Fuso joining forces in ecological technology


Sharada Peeth raised in Pakistan occupied territory What is the background?

Balasore Train Tragedy

36 years of delicious food at Hotel Archana

Here are the terms of guarantee schemes

Gopuja by Adamaru Shri in the place reserved for the construction of cowshed

Latest Additions

Cyclone Biparjoy rapidly intensifies into severe cyclonic storm

Competition Commission approves deal involving Manipal Group

Axis Bank organizes cleanliness drive in Bengaluru

It’s now or never for India to take lead in semiconductor industry: SEMI CEO

Lung cancer pill cuts risk of death by half, study finds