The country’s Transport and Highway’s Minister made it very clear that Self-Driving cars will not be allowed in India at the cost of Jobs. “How can we allow driverless cars when we already have a huge number of unemployed people,” Minister stressed.
The Transport Minister added, Instead of encouraging Self-driving cars, the Government will focus on training drivers as capable driving skills can give employment to about 50 lakh people.
In India, there is already a shortage of 22 lakh drivers at present. The government is planning to open 100 driver training institutes all over the country. “We are not going to support any technology that will make people Jobless,” Gadkari said.
The Government will only act as the organiser in this, but the platform will bring in more competition and help daily travellers to have cheap public transportation.
As per ‘Make in India ‘drive, Gadkari urges all major automobile companies to manufacture electric vehicles and promote them. The Minister won’t be allowing import of these electric cars. Likewise, the government is also planning to introduce GPS and satellite tracking mandatory in all public and private vehicles.
The proposed Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017, still pending in Rajya Sabha, has provisions that allow testing of such new technology. According to some Automobile experts, although some countries have brought driverless cars on the roads to test their viability, the world, in general, is debating the extent to which the technology can be allowed given its impact on employment opportunities.
“Talks are on with World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help India to replicate the London Transport Authority Model where all the public transportation buses would be replaced by luxury buses, and a common man can travel in them by paying about 40 per cent less price as compared to current fares,” said Gadkari.
Double Decker and other luxury buses will also be proposed. The project would be achieved by constructing State-of-the-Art bus ports on the line of Indian Airports and National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) with a budget of 500 crores would be set up to undertake this.
There will be changes in e-rickshaw and cart designs to provide transportation of goods. The government is planning to build 25 bus ports in India, Gadkari said.