New Delhi: Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari made a big announcement in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. He said that the government will provide passes to locals having Aadhaar cards who reside near toll plazas. Additionally, he also said that there will be only one toll plaza within 60 km and if there’s a 2nd toll plaza, then it will be shut in the next 3 months.
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Toll pass will be made from Aadhar card
Replying in the Lok Sabha on the Demands for Grants for Road Transport and Highways Ministry for 2022-23, Gadkar said, “I will ensure that there will be only one toll plaza within 60 km and if there’s a second toll plaza, then it will be shut in the next three months,” he said, replying to a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the demands for grants pertaining to his ministry. Referring to points raised by members, he said people residing near the toll plazas will be able to get passes with the use of Aadhar cards.
Besides this, Gadkari also informed the Parliament that rapid strides in technology and green fuel will reduce the cost of electric vehicles (EVs), bringing them at par with petrol-run vehicles in the next two years. He stressed on the need to shift to cost-effective indigenous fuel and hoped that it will become a reality soon, bringing down the pollution levels and improving the overall situation in Delhi.
He also added that road projects worth Rs 62,000 crore have been undertaken in the national capital to ease traffic congestions, and tackle the problem of pollution.
6 airbags made mandatory
Nitin Gadkari told the House that it is very important to increase road safety in the country. We have done this work on behalf of the government that now if any vehicle is made in the country, then 6 airbags will be mandatory in it. At the same time, we are also working on improving the road engineering.
He said that at present 11% of the world’s road accidents happen in India. Every year about 5 lakh people are victims of road accidents, in which about 1.5 lakh people die. We have to insist on bringing it down.
“Work on Delhi-Amritsar-Katra highway work has begun. By the end of this year, we`ll be able to reach Mumbai from Srinagar in 20 hours and the distance between Delhi and Amritsar will be covered in four hours,” he added.