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Union minister Nitin Gadkari expressed confidence that the use of petrol in vehicles in India will vanish after five years.

He further added that green fuel will end the need for petrol. He also claimed that cars and scooters will either be on green hydrogen, ethonal flex fuel, CNG or LNG.

Gadkari made the statement in Maharashtra's Akola on Thursday, where he was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth. 

During his speech, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways made a strong pitch for the use of green hydrogen, ethonal and other green fuels. 

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"With full faith I want to say that petrol will vanish from the country after five years. Your cars and scooters will either be on green hydrogen, ethonal flex fuel, CNG or LNG," he said.

Gadkari also made an appeal to the agriculture researchers and experts to work on increasing the agricultural growth from 12 per cent to 20 per cent in the next five years. 

The farmers in Maharashtra are very talented, he said while emphasising the need to guide and train them with new research and technology. 

Earlier on 17 June, Gadkari had said that the prices of all electric vehicles (EVs) will be equal to the cost of petrol vehicles in the country within one year.

He had further said that as an alternative for petrol and diesel, the government is promoting ethanol produced from crop residue.

(With inputs from PTI)

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