NEW DELHI: With an aim to propel road building, Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari suggested a reduction of the cost of construction without compromising the quality. Gadkari was speaking at the 222nd Mid-Term Council Meeting of the Indian Roads Congress (IRC).
In his virtual address, Gadkari said, “We are ready to adopt the world’s best and most successful technology and new materials for construction. The use of proven technology and reduction in construction costs are the two most important driving forces for us. We need to reduce the cost of construction while maintaining quality.”
Gadkari also said there should be minimum carbon footprints and exploitation of limited natural resources during the construction and operation phase.
A proposition of ‘Innovation Bank’ was also put forth by the minister. The Innovative bank will generate new ideas, research findings and technologies to focus on ‘Quality’ in infrastructure development.
Setting up a World-class state-of-art laboratory by IRC with the help of IITs and global institutions in the world was also floated.
The Minister said that it will play an instrumental role in fulfilling Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make India a 5 trillion-dollar economy.
The length of National Highways has gone up by more than 50 per cent from 91,000 km in 2014 to about 1.47 lakh km now.
Gadkari stated, “Our government is dedicatedly working towards expanding the National Highway network to 2 lakh kilometres by 2025. In the last 8 years, our team has created multiple world records.”
Road safety was also emphasised along with the need to incorporate effective global practices and guidelines related to road engineering into the specification.
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