Govt mulling ban on petrol, CNG two- and three-wheelers: Gadkari

The government is mulling a ban on all petrol and CNG-operated two and three wheelers by 2025 to promote electric vehicles.

“NITI Aayog, in its meeting held on May 14, 2019 regarding national mission for transformative mobility and battery storage has formulated an action plan to run electric two-wheeler and three-wheeler vehicles and has proposed to ban all IC (internal combustion) engine powered two-wheelers and three-wheelers in India starting in 2025 for two-wheelers and in 2023 for three-wheelers,” road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said in response to a question in Lok Sabha on Thursday.

Auto companies have opposed the move at a recent meeting held by NITI Aayog on the issue.

He said for the promotion of electric vehicles in the country, the Department of Heavy Industry has notified Rs 10,000 crore phase-II of the FAME India Scheme [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric (& Hybrid) Vehicles in India] for a period of three years commencing from April 1, 2019.