Sweep­ing ma­chines to clear dust along NCR high­ways

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY | CAPITAL CHOKE -

Greater Noida/ New Delhi: Na­tional High­ways Au­thor­ity of In­dia (NHAI) will de­ploy mech­a­nised sweep­ing ma­chines to clear dust along high­ways in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion (NCR), road trans­port and high­ways min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari on Tues­day.

“Since dust is one of the ma­jor cause of pol­lu­tion we will do our bit. I have asked NHAI of­fi­cials to look at the op­tion and do it more vig­or­ously dur­ing these times ev­ery year when pol­lu­tion is at the peak,” Gad­kari told TOI.

High­light­ing vern­ment has that the goac­cel­er­ated high­way con­struc­tion, Gad­kari shared how the NHAI tar­gets to com­plete the first stretch of Delhi-Meerut Ex­press­way (Niza­mud­din Bridge to Delhi Bor­der) in a record 15 months - by Jan­uary 2018—against the of­fi­cial dead­line of 30 months.

“We are com­mit­ted to re­duce road fa­tal­i­ties by 50% in the next two years,” Gad­kari said.

Ear­lier in the day the Union min­is­ter said com­ple­tion of Meerut Ex­press­way and the East­ern Pe­riph­eral Ex­press­way will be two big gifts to the na­tional cap­i­tal since these net­works will re­duce traf­fic load on Delhi’s roads and air pol­lu­tion as well. Gad­kari said Delhi-Dasna stretch of NH-24 will be the coun­try’s first ever 14-lane road.

“We plan to im­prove the con­nec­tiv­ity up to Luc­know from Delhi by im­prov­ing the ex­ist­ing NH net­work and ex­pan­sion of NH-24 will be a part of this work,” he added.

While wel­com­ing the steps be­ing taken by the high­ways min­istry to ac­cel­er­ate con­struc­tion and in­cor­po­rat­ing safety fea­tures IRF chair­man K K Kapila said, “We need to do more to make roads and ve­hi­cles safe. We have brought ex­perts from across the globe to share their suc­cess sto­ries. A good be­gin­ning can be made at na­tional level and also in the Del­hiNCR,” he added.

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