Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari inaugurated 2 NH projects worth Rs. 1082 Crore at Raiganj ,West Bengal.
Shri Gadkari said fulfilling the 60 years old demand of the people of Dalkhola (NH-34), this 5 km & 4-lane bypass built at the total cost of Rs. 120 Crore, will finally solve the traffic problem in Dalkhola town now. Apart from this, the travel time from Siliguri to Kolkata will reduce by two hours due to the construction of bypass and ROB. This stretch will also improve movement along border areas of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, he added.
The minister said built at the total cost of Rs. 962 Crore, the 4-laning of Raniganj to Dalkhola stretch has improved the overall connectivity between West Medinipur till borders of Bangladesh. This stretch will also enhance connectivity between Bengal & North Eastern Region.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari urged all stakeholders ‘Vishwakarmas’, People behind the development of road infrastructure, to ensure fast paced integrated & sustainable infrastructure developmentin the country with ecological preservation, technology, innovation, safety and quality construction of the roads.
Addressing the 81st Annual Session of the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) in Lucknow with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Shri Yogi Adityanath he said this 3 day session of IRC will be a great opportunity for engineers, professionals, road sector experts from India and foreign countries to come together & take efforts towards safer and sustainable roads furthering Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of 5 trillion dollar economy.
Shri Gadkari also held review meeting at Chief Minister’s residence in Lucknow. All the ongoing and proposed National Highway projects in Uttar Pradesh were discussed in detail in the meeting.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has said Dwarka Expressway, also known as the Northern Peripheral Road in Haryana portion, is being developed as the first elevated urban expressway in India.
In a series of tweets he said Dwarka Expressway will reduce pressure on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway (part of the Delhi-Jaipur-Ahmedabad-Mumbai arm of Golden Quadrilateral) and arterial roads that experience severe traffic congestion, primarily from the commuters of West Delhi. He said 50%-60% traffic on NH-8 will be diverted onto the new expressway, thereby improving traffic movement towards Sohna Road, Golf Course Road and air extension. Once operational in 2023, it shall immensely help reducing the air pollution in Delhi-NCR as well, he added.
Shri Gadkari said Government under the visionary leadership of Prime Mninster Shri Narendra Modi is actively prioritizing the development of World Class Infrastructure across all the corners of country & paving the path for ‘Prosperity through Connectivity’.
The Minister said it is a 16-lane access-controlled highway with provision of minimum 3-lane service road on both sides,The Expressway connecting Dwarka in Delhi to Gurugram in Haryana is being developed at a total cost of Rs 9,000 Crore with total length of 29 km out of which 19 km length falls in Haryana while the remaining 10 km of length is in Delhi.
Shri Gadkari said Dwarka Expressway would have 4 multi-level interchanges (tunnel/underpasses, at-Grade Road, Elevated Flyover & Flyover above Flyover) at major junctions including construction of longest (3.6 km) and widest (8 lane) urban road tunnel in India. The expressway begins from Shiv-Murti on NH-8 (Delhi-Gurugram expressway) and ends near Kherki Daula Toll Plaza, through Dwarka Sector 21, Gurugram border and Basai, he added.
The Minister said the development of this prestigious project plays a pivotal role in the plan to decongest the capital city of Delhi. Once the Dwarka Expressway is completed, it would provide direct access to upcoming India International Convention Centre (IICC) in Sector 25 of Dwarka and will also provide an alternate connectivity to IGI Airport through shallow tunnel. He said the state-of-the-art Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) like Advanced Traffic Management System, Toll Management System, CCTV Cameras, Surveillance etc. would be part and parcel of this upcoming world class corridor.
Shri Gadkari said Dwarka Expressway will have a massive feat of tree transplantation with 12,000 trees transplanted. He said the project is also an engineering ace that includes a 34 meter wide 8-lane highway, a first of its kind being constructed on a single pier. The project is estimated to consume 2 lakh MT of steel (30 times of steel used in Eiffel Tower) and 20 lakh cum of concrete (6 times of concrete used in Burj Khalifa) for its construction.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari dedicated to the nation 20 Amrit Sarovars in Akola, Maharashtra.
20 fully prepared reservoirs have been declared as part of Amrit Sarovar Abhiyan today. The water storage capacity of these 20 reservoirs is 1276 TCM.
The Amrit Sarovar projects under construction at Wani, Rambhapur and Babulgaon in the premises of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola were visited by Shri Nitin Gadkari today in the presence of Vice Chancellor Shri Vilas Bhale.
It has been decided to rejuvenate and develop about 50,000 Amrit Sarovars across the country by August 15, 2023, under the ‘Amrit Sarovar Abhiyan’, announced by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, which will change the picture of water conservation and reservoirs across the country. In this context, at least 75 Amrit Sarovars will be rejuvenated in each district.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Gadkari said after the successful use of Buldhana pattern in Maharashtra, more than 500 water bodies, 270 farm ponds have been rejuvenated by 2022 under Amrit Sarovar Abhiyan. As a result of which additional water storage capacity of 34,000 TCM has been created at no cost in the state.
He said in this chain of Amrit Sarovar, 34 reservoirs with water storage capacity of 2468 TCM are being constructed in the campuses of Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Agricultural University(PKV), Akola and Maharashtra Animal Husbandry and Fisheries University(MAFSU), Nagpur’s Borgaon in Akola district.
The Minister said in this model based on the successful pilot project Buldhana pattern of water conservation, deepening and rejuvenation of water bodies is being done at no cost through revamping of highways related to Amravati-Akola National Highway 53.
Shri Gadkari said the soil, silt and other things extracted from these reservoirs are being used for national highway work. Through this model scheme, 34 ponds/lakes are planned to be constructed in PKV and MAFSU complexes in which 2468 TCM water reservoir is proposed to be created. Out of these, the construction of 20 lakes has been completed and the construction work of 9 lakes is going on while 5 lakes will be started soon, he added.
The Minister said initially, the irrigation potential here was 150 hectares, but after the formation of these reservoirs, it has increased to 663 hectares. After the construction of the proposed 34 reservoirs, this irrigation potential will increase to 2468 hectares. He said earlier only one Kharif crop was taken in the premises, after this project now more than one crop can be taken.
Shri Gadkari said a pond has been constructed in 16 acres in the Animal Husbandry Development Area and 300 TCM of water has been made in it. Earlier there was a big problem of water scarcity in the university campus. Due to the failure of the old schemes, irrigation could be done in only a few areas. After the completion of these 34 planned lakes, the entire area of the University will come under irrigation, he said.
The Minister said the ponds designed for aquaculture with this model can be used for fishing. It will be possible to get revenue by auctioning them. This will also create employment. Last year, Punjabrao Deshmukh University had auctioned two such lakes and earned Rs 8 lakh. He said this model will benefit 18 villages with a total population of 1 lakh through water recharge.
Shri Gadkari said this model of Amrit Sarovar should be used in all drought affected areas and agricultural universities of the country. A total of 71 agricultural universities across the country can be benefited by this. He called upon all the ministers of state and country to visit these Amrit Sarovar projects of Panjabrao Deshmukh University and try to create such projects in their area.
Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has emphasized that proven technology, economic viability, availability of raw material and effective marketing all of these are necessary for successful completion of projects. Inaugurating Mobile Cold Mixer Cum Paver Machine & Patch Fill Machine for pothole repair by CSIR-CRRI he said most important thing in road sector is that cost of construction has to be reduced and quality of construction has to be improved. The minister said patent registration of any technology is not the end of the matter. He said till the patent is not commercialized and fully utilized it is the responsibility of the organization to do regular follow-ups and take it to final culmination .
Shri Gadkari said due to various reasons there is hesitancy in the system to adopt proven technology. He said total synchronization in communication, coordination and cooperation is required for implementing new systems and technologies. The Minister complimented CSIR for their design in construction of cement -concrete road in Nagpur in 1997 which has not seen any potholes till date. He said all efforts should be made to use alternatives to Steel and Cement in construction of roads.
Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said, increasing application of Science and Technology in the Road Transport and Highways sector is adding great value to India’s developmental journey. He said, the use of affordable, sustainable and recyclable technologies in the sector is fast building the arterial network of India. He reiterated that India’s ascent in coming decades will be determined through Science, Technology and Innovation.
Referring to the dedication of two equipment of ‘Mobile Cold Mixer Cum Paver’ for constructing black top layer using bitumen emulsion and ‘Patch Fill Machine’ for Pothole repair to the nation, Dr Singh said, these are the perfect examples of Atmanirbhar India as both the equipment are completely built indigenously. The Minister said, Cold Mixer and Patch Fill Machine will play a significant role in building roads and Highways in Hilly States of India, particularly in the North-Eastern Region.