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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari pitches sustainable alternatives in road construction

Updated: Aug 23, 2022 11:50:59am

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari pitches sustainable alternatives in road construction

New Delhi, Aug 23 (KNN) The Infrastructure construction industry should find greener alternatives to cement and other raw materials, said Nitin Gadkari, Union minister for Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) on Tuesday.

“Glass fibre steel can be used in place of steel. If there is competition, cost will come down and become reasonable,” said the minister while inaugurating the Roads and Highway summit ‘Accelerating the road Infrastructure: new India @75’ organised by FICCI.


With the making of Rs 2 lakh crore worth 26 Green Express Highways and Logistics parks, the government has many innovative ideas by which we can develop infrastructure further, he said.

“The future of the Indian infrastructure sector is very bright. We need to accept good technology, research, innovation and successful practices from across the world and from within India,” added the minister.

He informed that the National Highways network from present 1.4 lakh km will reach 2 lakh km by 2024.

Speaking at the event BVN Rao, Chairman, FICCI Transport Infrastructure Committee called for better coordination between the private and the government sector.

“We have to adopt new technologies, innovative construction materials to reduce natural resources to reach the target of 100 km per day. Apart from construction of roads the vehicles also need to adopt newer technologies and automation,” said Satish Parakh, President, India chapter of International Road Federation and MD, Ashoka Builcon Limited.

Others who spoke at the summit included Amit Kumar Ghosh, Additional secretary MoRTH and R.K. Pandey, member planning, NHAI.  (KNN Bureau)


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