PM Modi’s Breakthrough Plan: In a recent announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a pioneering scheme aimed at constructing 1,000 state-of-the-art resting facilities for truck and cab drivers along national highways. The initiative aligns with the government’s commitment to enhancing the ease of living for citizens.
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Modern Resting Facilities Nationwide
Highlighting the challenges faced by drivers during long-distance journeys, PM Modi disclosed that the initial phase of the project will focus on developing 1,000 modern buildings equipped with essential amenities. These facilities will include provisions for food, clean drinking water, toilets, parking, and resting areas, aiming to significantly improve the overall well-being of drivers.
Addressing Concerns and Boosting Well-being
Acknowledging the concerns of truck drivers and their families, the Prime Minister emphasized that the scheme aims to enhance both the ease of living and ease of traveling for truck and taxi drivers. The initiative is expected to have positive effects on their health and contribute to accident prevention.
NITI Aayog Report: The Importance of Trucking
Quoting a report from the NITI Aayog, it was noted that trucks play a crucial role in meeting 70% of India’s domestic freight demand. As road freight travel is projected to increase significantly, the number of trucks is expected to quadruple from 4 million in 2022 to approximately 17 million by 2050. Proper resting facilities for long-haul truck drivers become crucial to combat sleep deprivation and reduce the risk of road accidents.
Bharat Mobility Global Expo 2024: A Catalyst for Change
A Unified Platform for Mobility and Supply Chain
PM Modi addressed the gathering at the Bharat Mobility Global Expo 2024, emphasizing that the event has brought the entire mobility and supply chain community onto a single platform. He reiterated the ambitious goal of Viksit Bharat by 2047 and underscored the pivotal role of the mobility sector in achieving this objective.
India’s Economic Expansion and Mobility
Highlighting India’s rapid economic expansion, PM Modi projected the nation’s ascent to become the third-largest economy in the world during his government’s third term. He noted the emergence of a neo-middle class, attributing their rising income to the growing economy. This, he said, would strengthen the mobility sector, turning means of transportation into a primary requirement for those breaking out of poverty.
Opportunities and Confidence in the Mobility Sector
PM Modi expressed confidence in the growing income of the middle class and its positive impact on the mobility sector. He highlighted the surge in car sales from 120 million to over 210 million and the remarkable growth of electric cars from 2,000 per year a decade ago to 12 lakh per year today.
Boosting Electric Mobility: Government Initiatives
National Electric Mobility Mission
PM Modi outlined the government’s commitment to electric mobility, stating that the National Electric Mobility Mission is actively promoting the manufacturing of electric vehicles. With a substantial investment of ₹10,000 crore to create demand for electric vehicles, he credited the FAME scheme for the introduction of electric buses in the capital and several other cities.
Budgetary Allocations for Research and Innovation
The Prime Minister announced a significant fund allocation of ₹1 lakh crore in the current year’s budget to encourage research and innovation. He also highlighted the decision to expand tax exemptions for startups, foreseeing these measures as creating new opportunities in the mobility sector.
Addressing Challenges in the EV Industry
Touching upon the challenges of cost and battery issues in the electric vehicle (EV) industry, PM Modi recommended utilizing the allocated funds for research purposes, aiming to overcome these hurdles and propel the EV sector forward.