Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said 265 projects worth Rs 75,000 crore were stuck as clearances from various departments, such as ministry of forests, environment and railways were awaited. Gadkari who is seeking to expedite the infrastructure in both highway roads and ports across country, said in the past few days almost 142 projects worth Rs 35,000 crore had been streamlined.
“But the remaining Rs 40,000 crore worth projects needs to be pursued and taken to its logical end,” he said. Gadkari was here in Mumbai for the past two days.
Gadkari, who attended a function in Bombay Port Trust, said, “It is my endeavour to boost waterway development.” The city like Mumbai with vast seashore has a lot of potential to develop water way transport and tourism. We can have underground tunnels. He said, “The 1800 acres BPT land can be beautifully developed. The BPT land which is lying underused or encroached upon by illegal structures is worth Rs 75,000 crore.”
He said, “A comprehensive plan can be chalked out for the development of BPT in the coming days complete with jetties, underwater tunnels, hi-tech terminals.” The vast water stretch beyond the picturesque Raj Bhawan and Marine Drive can also be developed complete with a helipad and floating hotel.
During his visit to Mumbai, Gadkari addressed various issues related to shipping and ports. He emphaised on coming up a new comprehensive land acquisition policy which would be project-friendly and not a hurdle in stalling the infrastructure development of the country.
Earlier, in the day he also paid a visit to the family of the late BJP leader Gopinath Munde in Worli. Gadkari met Munde’s wife Pradyna and daughter Pankaja (MLA).