Saying that a better road network is the key to development, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday that the BJP-led government in the Center had taken steps to improve road connectivity across the country.
Gadkari said the road network is growing rapidly, which is also helping to generate new job opportunities.
The Union Road Transport and Highways Minister was speaking at the inauguration of five National Highway (NH) projects – having a road length of 297 km and a cost of completion of Rs 2,872 crore – in the Sonipat of Haryana.
According to an official statement here, Gadkari inaugurated Jind-Gohana NH-352A built at a cost of Rs 132 crore, Bhiwani-Mundhal-Jind NH-709A at Rs 183 crore, Jhajjar-Loharu NH-334B at Rs 136.25 crore, UP / Haryana Border to Gohana NH-334B at Rs 1,020 crore, and Mukarba Chowk to Panipat NH-44 built at cost of Rs 1,400 crore. “A better road network is the key to development,” Gadkari said.
He also said that for development, four things are important. “Water, electricity, transport and communications – and where these four are there is industry, jobs and growth,” he said.
Highlighting how good roads bring progress, Gadkari said former United States President John F Kennedy once said, “American roads are not good because America is rich, but America is rich because American roads are good.”
The Union Minister cited the example of the Delhi-Meerut highway and said that with its completion, the journey time, which was previously four and a half hours, is now reduced to 40 minutes.
Gadkari said that after the completion of the Delhi-Amritsar road project, the travel time between the two cities will be reduced to four hours, the Delhi-Katra journey will be six hours and Delhi to Srinagar will be covered in eight hours. The Delhi-Chandigarh journey will soon be completed in two hours, he said, adding that many who travel by air will opt for road travel after a drastic reduction in travel time.
Gadkari also talked about several other projects and said Asia’s largest tunnel is being built at Zojila at J&K.
At Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s request to launch pod taxis in the state, Gadkari said his department was working on it.
“We are going to start a taxi pod service from Delhi to Sonipat and Panipat for 250 people, and for this, the Government of Haryana should send a proposal to the Centre,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Khattar said Gadkari is always working on new technologies. The Chief Minister said that the central government has announced 17 national highways for Haryana, of which at least 12 have been completed. Union Minister of State VK Singh, Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana Dushyant Chautala and MP for Sonipat Ramesh Chander Kaushik were also present at the event.
Earlier, during the inauguration of Indradhanush Auditorium at GVM Mahila College, Sonipat, Khattar reiterated that girls from such families earning up to Rs 1.80 lakh per annum will enjoy free education until the end of their studies.
“The girls from these families can either attend private educational institutions or go to government centres,” he said.
Khattar said the government has set up a college every 20 km in the state so that female students do not have to travel far to pursue higher education.
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