Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates 5 Motorways, Says Better Roads Key to Development | Automotive News

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Speaking at the inauguration of five National Highway (NH) projects, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on April 4 that a better road network is the key to development. “The central government has taken steps to improve road connectivity across the country. The road network is growing rapidly, which also helps to generate new job opportunities,” said Gadkari.

According to an official statement, Gadkari inaugurated Jind-Gohana NH-352A built for Rs 132 crore, Bhiwani-Mundhal-Jind NH-709A at Rs 183 crore, Jhajjar-Loharu NH-334B at Rs 136.25 crore, UP/Haryana border at Gohana NH-334B at Rs 1,020 crore and Mukarba Chowk at Panipat NH-44 built at Rs 1,400 crore.

“A better road network is the key to development,” Gadkari said. He added that for development, four things are important. “Water, electricity, transport and communications – and where those four things are, there is industry, jobs and growth there,” he said.

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Highlighting how good roads bring progress, Gadkari said former US President John F Kennedy once said, “American roads are not good because America is rich, but America is rich. because the 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 further 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 time.

The Delhi-Chandigarh journey will soon be completed in two hours, he said, adding that many of those traveling by air will opt for road journeys 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 in 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.

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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.

(With PTI entries)

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