New Delhi, Dec 18: Are you a fan of Bollywood star Salman Khan? There is a big news for you.
You may very soon see Salman pedalling on the newly-built cycle track on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway which is aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle as the brand ambassador of the government's initiative to popularise e-cycles. Modi cabinet's 'go-getter' minister Nitin Gadkari, a passionate advocate for electric vehicles, said the government wants to encourage cycling as a healthy mode of transportation. An e-cycle, which comes equipped with a small electric motor, can be used to cover greater distances than plain bicycles.
"Salman Khan has discussed the issue with me. He is also looking into the aspects of manufacturing e-cycles. It will create huge awareness among the masses," the road transport and highways minister told PTI.
The 'Being Human Foundation' of Salman Khan, an avid cycler himself, is in talks with e-cycle manufacturers for a tie-up, sources said.
The minister said some two to three years back when he started talking about environment-friendly fuel, people thought he was nuts, but now they are beginning to realise its advantages.
"Bringing e-vehicles besides other environment-friendly fuel is my dream," the minister said.
Gadkari said the first leg of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway, which includes India's first 14-lane highway, has a 2.5-metre wide cycle track and is set for launch any day now after being completed in record 14 months as against the scheduled 30 months.