Indian roads will be better than roads in USA by 2024-end: Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari

The condition of the roads in India for the longest has not been up to par in terms of global competition, although in recent times the government of India has made some serious efforts to change this. Recently while speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the first phase of a bridge on the Zuari river, Goa, the union minister of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of India, made a huge statement. The minister stated that the roads in India would be better than those in the United States of America by the end of 2024 under the Narendra Modi government.

Indian roads will be better than roads in USA by 2024-end: Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari

Speaking at the event the MoRTH minister stated, “We have decided that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, before the end of the year 2024, India’s road infrastructure will be better than that of America.”

Meanwhile talking about the plans for Goa’s development he stated that the construction of the Manohar International Airport in Mopa earlier this month will help Goa overtake other states as the top state in the nation.  He added that he also had plans to start a water taxi service in Goa, although they failed due to non-cooperation from the state’s Captain of Ports office. He said, “The strength of Goa is in its ports and the plan was to connect ports with the airport by water taxi. Such a project would have saved Goa from pollution. The state, like water and air pollution, must also take care to curb sound pollution,”

According to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the bridge is part of a Rs 2,530 crore project covering a distance of 13.2 kilometres between Bambolim and Verna villages. The MoRTH minister also inaugurated the approach roads to the bridge from Bambolim to Verna villages. As per the state government, this will be India’s widest cable stayed bridge when completed.

The MoRTH minister back in October of this year, while speaking at the 81st Annual Session of the Indian Roads Congress, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh the union minister also made a similar statement. He said that by 2024, the road infrastructure of the state will be at par with that of the US.

During the session, the MoRTH chief announced various projects across the state of Uttar Pradesh that will be worth a total of Rs 7000 crores. While speaking at the session he quoted US President John F Kennedy “American roads are not good because America is rich, but America is rich because American roads are good,” and said, “I’ve promised (UP CM) Yogi Ji that before the end of 2024, we’ll make the road infrastructure of Uttar Pradesh equivalent to that of the USA” He further stated that a total of Rs 5 lakh crore will be invested on roads in Uttar Pradesh before 2024.

According to the minister within two years in Uttar Pradesh, numerous projects will be completed. Some of the projects that he stated during IRC were 13 railway overbridges worth Rs 1,000 crore, the Shahabad bypass-Hardoi bypass for Rs 1,212 crore, the Shahjahanpur to Shahabad bypass worth Rs 950 crore, and a few others.