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Nitin Gadkari: Gadkari said - world class roads are necessary for PM Modi's target of 5 trillion dollar economy

Pankaj Prasad
Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari
Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari

Gadkari said that highway projects worth Rs 2 lakh crore are underway in Gujarat.

Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Friday inspected the Vadodara-Mumbai section of the Delhi-Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway. Along with this he also addressed a gathering at Dumad near Vadodara city. He said that all highways in India will be of world standards by 2024. Also said that according to the vision of PM Modi, to make India a five trillion US dollar economy, roads of world class standard are needed.

Union Minister Gadkari had come to inaugurate the Rs 48 crore flyover, underpass and service road at Dumad Junction on the Surat-Ahmedabad National Highway 48. Wherever you go in the country, you will find good quality national highways, he said. Our country is changing. It is the dream of our PM to make India a developed and self-reliant nation which takes care of its poor and needy citizens. He also stressed on the need for better roads.

Union Minister Gadkari said that former US President John F Kennedy had once said that America's roads are not good because America is rich, but America is rich because it has good roads. Further said that highway projects worth two lakh crore rupees are going on in Gujarat. I want to assure you that before the end of the year 2024, the highways across the country will be world class and better like America.

Further addressing the people, Gadkari said that in Gujarat, highway projects worth two lakh crore rupees are currently underway. I want to assure you that before the end of 2024, all highways across the country will be world class like American roads and told that the 'Signature Bridge' connecting Okha to Bet Dwarka Island in Devbhoomi Dwarka district of Gujarat is nearing completion and the Prime Minister will inaugurate it before Janmashtami to be celebrated in September.

According to Gadkari, the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway being built at a cost of Rs 1 lakh crore has been completed till the Rajasthan border, while the remaining part till Mumbai will be ready in the next six months. He said work is underway on the Surat-Chennai Expressway, the Amritsar-Jamnagar Expressway and between Sanchore in Rajasthan and Mehsana in Gujarat.