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Road Transport, Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari stresses on imbibing techniques to save environment & create better infrastructure without compromising quality

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 3rd Edition of Roads and Highways Summit at FICCI, Federation House today.

Addressing the inaugural session, the Minister said that India has the second highest road network in the world and this is the time to expand road network and take it to two lakh kilometres by the end of 2024. Currently, 90 per cent of passenger and 80 per cent goods traffic is catered by roads.

He talked about the flagship programe of Bharatmala Pariyojna and increased budget for road infrastructure.

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Gadkari talked about the challenge of reducing the logistics cost from 16 per cent to 10 per cent. He said that to achieve a reduction in logistics cost, we need an integrated approach of waterways, railway, roads and aviation.

He also emphasized about reducing the use of petrol and diesel. He stressed upon the use of LNG and ethanol, methanol, hydrogen as alternatives to petrol and diesel as they are cost-effective.

He said that the government is moving in that direction.

The vehicles with flex engine are available now.

He said that our ‘Annadata’ farmers can become ‘Urjadata’ by production of ethanol from bio-waste and parali.

Citing the examples of various road infrastructure projects that the government is constructing, Mr Gadkari told how these projects would lead to better connectivity between cities and people.

He said that the Construction of tunnels has helped safe environment and resources. Multi modal logistic park, parking plazas, road side amenities will help promote tourism and also generate employment opportunities.

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