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Nitin Gadkari  (PTI)
Nitin Gadkari (PTI)

Focus on cost, quality: Gadkari tells parts makers

The minister urged the industry to increase the use of alternative fuels, such as ethanol, bio-diesel and adopt electric vehicles, which will not only help keep India's fuel import bill under check but also reduce pollution

NEW DELHI : Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday urged automobile component manufacturers to adhere to international standards in producing accessories, devices, spare parts and safety features, besides improving quality of products while reducing costs.

“This is very important, I requested Indian manufacturers not to be cost-centric, but be quality-centric. Quality is important… They must understand approach of the consumer now, they need good quality," Gadkari said at industry meeting Auto Serve 2020. “The physical quality is very important and, at the same time, (they must) reduce the cost."

Gadkari said indigenous, pollution-free and cost-effective fuel is equally important.

It is “disturbing" to see the quality and standard of buses and trucks plying on Indian roads, which is a matter of concern, considering the number of road accidents every year, he said. The minister also urged the industry to increase use of alternative fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel, and adopt electric vehicles, which will not only help cut India’s massive fuel import bill but also reduce pollution.

“We have been dependent on the import of crude oil, which is not good. Somewhere, we need to make indigenous alternatives," he said. Over the last few years, the government has incentivised electric buses, three-wheelers and four-wheelers for commercial purposes by reducing goods and services tax on EVs, among other measures.

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