All roads in country will be of cement-concrete: Gadkari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Jul 2017 09:37:41



 UNION Transport MinisterNitin Gadkari has said that all the roads in the country would be converted into cement-concrete ones to ensure their stability and durability. “In Mumbai, the cement concrete roads built 20 years ago are still in a good shape. But some politicalleaders,bureaucratsand contractors do not wish that such roads should be constructed in Mumbai,” Gadkari said on Friday nightataneventinVashiinneighbouring Navi Mumbai. “These people feel that tarred roads should be made and potholes should surface on them from time to time,” said Gadkari. “All the roads in the country would be converted into cement concrete ones.

And I guarantee that they will last for 200 years," headded.TheMinisterwasspeaking while inaugurating ‘Prawaas 2017’ - India International Bus and Car Travel Show. The views of Gadkari, a former Public Works Department Minister of Maharashtra, comes in the backdrop of public outcry over the poor state of roads in Mumbai and its suburbs. Recently, popularradio jockey MalishkaMendonsaincurredthe wrath of the Shiv Sena, which controlsMumbai’scivic body, for a satirical song on pothole ridden-Mumbai roads. Gadkari also expressed confidence that the Motor Bill would be passed in the Parliament. The Motor Vehicle (Amendment) Bill 2017, passed by the Lok Sabha last year is yet to be passed by the Rajya Sabha.

The bill is aimed at steeply enhancing the fine fortraffic violations, providing for compensation of Rs 5 lakh for grave injuries and cracking down on boguslicensesandvehiclethefts. Gadkari said some States fear that the Centre would grab their powerifthelegislationwaspassed but there was no basis for such apprehensions.