Nitin Gad­kari

MIN­IS­TER FOR ROAD TRANS­PORT, HIGH­WAYS AND SHIP­PING

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | TRANSPORT -

NITIN GAD­KARI RE­MAINS ONE of the best-per­fom­ing cabi­net min­is­ters given the ease with which he runs the twin heavy­weight min­istries of roads and ship­ping. He has over­hauled the na­tional high­way-build­ing sec­tor, tripled in­vest­ment in high­ways and built high­ways at a faster rate than un­der UPA-II and un­selfishly bat­ted for the economies of wa­ter trans­port.

He has kept road con­struc­tion costs down de­spite price rises and in­fla­tion and in­tro­duced par­lia­men­tary leg­is­la­tion like the Road Trans­port Bill to re­duce road ac­ci­dents, which still cause some 150,000 deaths an­nu­ally. The min­is­ter is to shortly roll out the coun­try’s first pol­icy for elec­tric ve­hi­cles. A Rs 11,000 crore, 135-km green­field project, the Eastern Pe­riph­eral High­way, to be in­au­gu­rated this Au­gust, will di­vert 200,000 trucks from Delhi.

The ship­ping sec­tor with 12 ma­jor ports has seen a big turn­around in out­put and ef­fi­ciency, with prof­its dou­bling to over Rs 5,000 crore thanks to im­proved cargo han­dling through sim­ple man­age­ment meth­ods and low cost tech­nol­ogy. —Uday Mahurkar

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