The country has registered more than 21 crore two-wheelers and more than 7 crore four-wheelers and a higher category of vehicles, parliament was informed on Thursday.
In a written response to the Lok Sabha, the Minister of Road Transport and Roads, Nitin Gadkari, said that of the total number of vehicles, 5,44,643 are electric two-wheelers, while 54,252 are electric four-wheelers and above, according to the centralized database – VAHAN — as on 3 August 2022.
Data further showed that there were 2,95,245 two-wheelers and 18,47,539 four-wheelers and above vehicles with fuel types CNG, Ethanol, Fuel Cell Hydrogen, LNG, LPG, Solar, Methanol, etc.
In response to a separate question, he said the Ministry of Road Transport and Roads (MoRTH) is primarily responsible for the development and maintenance of state highways. National highways are generally maintained in a traffic-worthy condition.
During the rainy season, there is sometimes damage to the state highways in some places due to flooding, landslides, heavy rain, etc. But the repairs are being carried out quickly and traffic is returning to normal, he added.
The minister noted that the development and upgrading of national roads is a continuous process.
He said MoRTH has taken up projects such as highway construction, capacity expansion of existing state highways, restoration and reconstruction of existing sidewalks, restoration and reconstruction of existing bridges and structures, and the construction of road over bridges (RoBs) on existing state highways. depending on traffic demand.