Sweeping machines to clear dust along NCR highways
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.