The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari has said that the use of steel and cement in road construction should be reduced without affecting the quality through innovation and research. Addressing the 16th Annual Conference on “Road Development in India”, he said that the machinery and equipment used in road construction should use CNG, LNG and Ethanol. Shri Gadkari stressed on less dependence on imports, low cost, pollution free and indigenous methods and development of alternative fuels.
Shri Gadkari said that India is the second largest road network country in the world with about 63 lakh km of road network. He said that road infrastructure plays an important role in the development of the economy as 70 per cent of goods and goods and about 90 per cent of passengers use roads for transportation.
Shri Gadkari said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has envisaged to make India a $5 trillion economy in the next five years. The Union Minister said that, the government is investing 1.4 trillion dollars i.e. Rs 111 lakh crore in infrastructure development through the National Infrastructure Pipeline, this year the government has increased the infrastructure capex by 34 percent year on year to Rs 5.54 lakh crore. Have given.
Shri Gadkari said that increased investment in infrastructure will help in creating employment opportunities even during the COVID pandemic. The Road Transport and Highways Minister said that he aims to build 60,000 kms of world class national highways at the rate of 40 kms per day.
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