‘Auto scrap to be kept at ports for trading’
In a bid to get rid of huge automobile scrap piling up in cities, the Union government plans to store automobile scrap at ports for trading. Secondly, it plans to reduce coastal pollution, by making ship engines biofuelcompliant.
“We have initiated talks with several engine manufacturers, including Wartsila and Cummins, to make biofuel-compliant engines for Indian shipping vessels. Also, the berth level at terminals of several ports in India will be increased to attract and accommodate bigger vessels trading in automobile scrap across the globe,” Union minister for transport, shipping, highways & water resources Nitin Gad- kari told TOI on the sidelines of a summit on ocean partnership and security organized by the Forum for Integrated National security in Colva, Goa, on Friday. Representatives from nearly 22 countries are participating in the three-day conference. Norway, a leading country in oceanic resources, is co-hosting the event.
Gadkari said automobile scrap and spares were a Rs 1.44 lakh crore industry that needed to be tapped to ensure systematic disposal so that it can be reused by automobile manufacturers in India and abroad. “It can reduce the cost of automobile products considerably,” he added. “Similarly, we must use pollution-free methanol as fuel, which is available at Rs22 a litre. In Sweden, they are changing from diesel to methanol,” he said.