Stating that road accidents have increased by 4% under the new government, Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said that reducing road accidents is thye biggest priority for Narendra Modi-led government. He told CNBC-TV 18 that the way, in which highway contracts were awarded, has been completely overhauled. “We have brought complete e-governance in awarding highway projects,” he said. When asked about the new projects, he said “will inaugurate Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway on January 1 and 8-lane cement road from Panvel to Jawaharlal Nehru port is also under construction.”
Last week, Gadkari announced that a new access control highway will be constructed between Delhi and Jaipur at an estimated cost of Rs 16,000 crore. He said that the new access control highway between Delhi and Jaipur will enable the commuters to cover the distance of 270 km between the two cities in just two hours.
The work on this highway will start from January 2017. He said that land acquisition for this new highway will begin soon and suggested that Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar should promote development along both sides of this highway so as to bring down the cost. Gadkari also laid foundation for improvement of three junctions on National Highway-8 (NH-8) in Gurgaon. He announced that cameras will also be installed on NH-8 under intelligent transport system to keep watch on traffic rule violators.