The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari has announced that if Uttar Pradesh continues to grow under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for the next five years, then the road infrastructure will surpass European standards and will be as good as the roads of America.
Gadkari revealed this information when he was laying the foundations of three new national highways projectors worth Rs 1,123 Crores. The road-building network was stalled when he joined Prime Minister Modi’s cabinet back in 2014 and the projects were accelerated by the Prime Minister.
Rs. 1.40 lakh Crores worth of projects have already been completed and projects worth Rs. 1.80 lakh Crores is currently in progress. The government has spent more than Rs. 45,000 Crores on land acquisition and other related works. Since 2014, the Transport Ministry has spent over Rs. 3 lakhs Crores and if leadership stays with Narendra Modi and Yogi Adityanath then they will spend Rs. 5 lakhs Crores.
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Nitin Gadkari also complimented Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his work in reducing crime and mafias. According to Gadkari, if law and order are good then the investment comes pouring. He said, ” There is no dearth of anything in UP. It is an affluent state but with poor people. I cannot understand how the people here have remained poor in a rich state,”
Not the first time that Nitin Gadkari has made this claim
Earlier this year, Nitin Gadkari said that the road infrastructure of Jammu and Kashmir will be as good as Western Europe in the next three years. This was also announced while laying the foundation stone of 25 national highway projects that are planned for Jammu and Kashmir. The total length of these highways is 259 km and it is expected that Rs 11,721 crore worth of investment will be required to construct them.
There will be new highways as well as tunnels. They will help in giving a boost to the tourism and travel sector. He claims that because of the new highways, a person would be able to reach Jammu from Srinagar in just four hours and Delhi to Srinagar in just eight hours. He also said that the old highways will be refurbished as well which should reduce travelling time between major cities. Another part of the plan is to reduce the travelling time from Delhi to Mumbai to just 12 hours using Delhi-Mumbai Expressway.
Will need to pay tolls to use highways
While inspecting the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in Haryana, Nitin Gadkari said that people would need to pay toll charges to use National highways. He said that people would need to pay for good services like better roads and infrastructure.
The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will go through six states. The eight-lane highway will measure 1,380 km in length. According to him, the new highway would be able to decrease the travel time to 12 hours between Mumbai and Delhi. He said, “A truck takes 48 hours to reach Mumbai from Delhi. But on the Expressway, it will take only 18 hours. So, a truck will be able to undertake more trips, which would, in turn, mean more business,”
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