Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari has said that use of steel and cement should be reduced in road construction without compromising on quality. Addressing a conference on road development in India today, Mr. Gadkari said, CNG, LNG and ethanol should be used for the road equipment machinery. He emphasized on import substitution, cost effective, pollution free and indigenous methods and development of alternative fuel.
The Minister said, India with about 63 lakh Kilometre of road network is the second largest road network in the world. He added that the government is investing 1.4 trillion dollars in infrastructure development through the national infrastructure pipeline. He said, increased investment in infrastructure will help create employment during Covid pandemic.
The Minister also said, his aim is to construct a 60 thousand kilometre world class national highway at the rate of 40 kilometre per day.