Heavy Industries Minister meets with UK Minister Incharge of OLEV
Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Praful Patel met with the Secretary of State, UK Mr. Phillip Hammond, Minister Incharge of OLEV (Office for Low Emission Vehicles) in London today.
Speaking at the meeting, the Minister said that the Indian auto industry is going through an interesting phase with fast growth projections. While 2.5 million vehicles were being produced this year, the figure would soon go up to 10 million vehicle annually. The Minister said that while India move forward in this growth path, utmost care is being taken for the protection of the environment and hence the stress is on growth in Low Emission Vehicles.
The Minister informed his UK counterpart about India’s launch of the mission on electric vehicle mobility and expressed his desire to learn from the experiences of UK in low emission vehicle. He said that the Indian Government is looking at making it not just a success but a commercial success and would like working together with the UK Government in this sphere. Speaking on the occasion, the UK Secretary of State said that it was the UK Government’s conscious decision to support early markets and launch markets. In this sphere, he indicated his Government’s keenness to support the Indian market.
Shri Patel said that the India was looking at incentivising Indian manufacturers of low emission vehicle. He also spoke about the Indian testing facility at NATGRID. He said that India could learn from the UK experiences and the test practices in this sphere. He spoke about the acceptability of smaller Indian vehicles in Europe and the growing number of exports to European countries. He said that India has an ambitious infrastructure project which would result in investments of hundreds of billion dollar in the infrastructure sector of India.
The Minister also discussed the extremely successful Jaguar-Land Rover project of the UK which alone accounted for 16% of UK’s vehicles export to China. MC/ls