Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said the country’s about 2 lakh kilometres of highways can be used for laying optic fibre and oil and gas pipes, which will help the road ministry earn additional revenues.
The project is being developed with ADB’s loan assistance under the South Asian Sub-Regional Economic Cooperation Road Connectivity Investment Program. It aims to upgrade road infrastructure in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and India.
The most exciting part about making cars safer is to test them through a series of crashes, both simulated and actual, in the R&D lab to assess its performance in various crash situations. But making the car safe is not enough to bring down fatalities.
India saw 1.76 lakh cruise passengers in 2016-17, a merely 0.5 per cent of the global pie. Domestic cruise passengers are estimated to grow to 1.5 million by 2031-32. Of the 12 major ports, only five – Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, New Mangalore and Chennai – have facilities to berth international cruise ships.
“The union government has enough money to carry out development work. However, there is a microscopic minority, which is anti-development and is proving to be an obstacle in the development of the state,” Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari said
High on Nitin Gadkari’s agenda are the four strategic road projects along the China border in Northern, Eastern and Southern parts of Arunachal Pradesh with a combined road length of 568 km at a total cost of around Rs 7,500 crore.
Gadkari also promised to upgrade and augment the 76 km of road servicing the Kumbh in 2019.
Gadkari said that, while the multi-modal transport hub at Sahibganj would link Jharkhand to North-East, Bangladesh and also to Myanmar and other countries in the region, he has requested Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das to provide 5,000 acres land for a smart city near the hub.
“Sometimes in politics, there is a clash between perception and reality. There may be a perception in the minds of some people that no one is talking, people are afraid (in the government) etc, but that is not the reality.”
Major irregularities running into Rs 240 crore in the acquisition of land for National Highway 74 in Udham Singh Nagar district were detected in a report submitted by the Kumaon Commissioner earlier this year.
“The cost of solar energy per unit has dropped to Rs 2.63 per unit and capital cost of wind energy too has dropped, which will help all ports cumulatively save Rs 600-700 crore annually,” Nitin Gadkari said.
Having secured Rs 2,000 crore for development of water transport, at least 10 National Waterways will be operational next year, said Nitin Gadkari.
On Thursday, Trivendra Singh Rawat said that both he and Gadkari believed in zero-tolerance against corruption.
Gadkari said violence in the name of protecting cows “should not have happened”.
The automobile industry has expressed concern on the high rate on hybrids stating it would put a spanner in the wheels of government plans to promote green vehicles.