‘Auto scrap to be kept at ports for trad­ing’

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Chit­taran­jan.Tem­b­hekar @times­group.com

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.

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