What an idea Gadkari ji!

What an idea Gadkari ji!

Moots innovation bank for research, tech & ideas

Development at the cost of degradation of ecology and environment is not acceptable, Highways  Minister Nitin Gadkari said

NEW DELHI, June 17 (The CONNECT) - Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has proposed setting up of Innovation Bank for new ideas, research findings and technologies to focus on quality in infrastructure development.

Virtually addressing the inaugural function of the 222nd Mid-Term Council Meeting of the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) he said new initiatives are expected from IRC, Innovation should be the focus area for all Engineers. He said IRC should develop a World-class state-of-art laboratory with the help of IITs and global institutions in the world.

Infrastructure development has an important role in fulfilling the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make India a 5 trillion-dollar economy, Gadkari pointed out.

Road infrastructure connects people, culture and society and brings prosperity through socio-economic development, the Minister said and underlined that the length of National Highways has gone up by more than 50% from 91,000 km in 2014 to about 1.47 Lakh km now and this created many world records. The government, he said, is dedicatedly working towards expanding the National Highway network to 2 lakh kilometers by 2025.

Gadkari said Government is very much committed to the development of the North East region. The NHIDCL is playing a vital role in developing infrastructure in this region. The National Highway share of the region stands at 10% and till date, 2,344 km highway is constructed at the cost of Rs. 45,000 crore.

The Minister said India is ready to adopt World's best and most successful technology and new materials for construction. The use of proven technology and reduction in construction cost are the two most important driving forces for the country.

Gadkari said there should be minimum carbon footprints and exploitation of limited natural resources during the construction and operation phase. “Development at the cost of degradation of ecology and environment is not acceptable to us,” he said and called for finding sustainable alternative for steel and cement.

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