Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received India’s 1st container vessel at Varanasi which had started sailing from Kolkata through inland waterways. This was the first commercial container movement in India after independence. While the aim is to promote inland waterways as a cheaper and more eco-friendly mode of transport, the work is still going on without any environmental clearance.
In August 2018, Union Cabinet approved a policy framework that permits both private and government players to explore and exploit unconventional hydrocarbons including shale gas.
The government is thinking of a plan to sell LPG blended with methanol, which could facilitate reduction in its cooking gas subsidy by 1/3rd of its current prices. The plan is to manufacture methanol from abundantly available low-quality coal and other bio resources, and also produce it synthetically. The project would be implemented by the NITI Aayog.