Warning the ” non-performing” state governments, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Friday said that Central budgetary support can be expected to be reduced if the implementation of projects does not improve, Indian Express reports. Gadkari was speaking at the golden jubilee celebrations of the Central Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) where he said that he is willing to support all those states who are trying to improve their transport facility. “The Centre is always willing to extend support to states that are trying to improve their transport facilities — public transport, in particular. However, states must not expect any improvement in budgets if they are unwilling to perform, ” said Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari’s statement comes a day after he warned automobile companies of flouting the pollution norms. “We should move towards alternative fuel… I am going to do this, whether you like it or not. And I am not going to ask you. I will bulldoze it. For pollution, for imports, my ideas are crystal clear… The government has a crystal-clear policy to reduce imports and curb pollution,” Gadkari said at SIAM’s annual convention here. Cautioning against any dilly-dallying tactics, he said the future is not of petrol and diesel, but of alternative fuel.
Gadkari welcomed public transport services offered by five southern states and also encouraged other states to follow its footsteps. He said that state transport units must upgrade their facilities in order to attract passengers and the transformation should be holistic which will make conveyance more affordable. “There are takers for good quality services and state transport units must actively upgrade their systems and services in order to attract more passengers. The transformation must be a holistic one — bus stations, quality of public transport vehicles besides making it affordable,” Gadkari said.