NDA Government is actively working on various ambitious programmes like Bharatmala and Sagarmala which will change the whole narrative of India’s transport sector and will make it a world class infrastructure, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday.
Gadkari stated that the NDA Government is actively working to implement ambitious Bharatmala programme.
Under Bharatmala programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA Government has planned to construct around 51,000km road with the total cost of Rs10 trillion-the largest ever outlay for a government road construction scheme.
The Bharatmala project will start from Gujarat and Rajasthan, move to Punjab and then cover the entire string of Himalayan states – Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand – and then portions of borders of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar alongside Terai, and move to West Bengal , Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, and right up to the Indo-Myanmar border in Manipur and Mizoram and will subsume all existing highway projects including the flagship National Highways Development Project (NHDP), launched by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1998.
In the first phase 29,000km will be developed with an outlay of Rs5.5 trillion. Special emphasis will be given on providing connectivity to far-flung rural areas including the tribal and backward areas.
Talking about the Sagarmala Project, Gadkari stated that it is expected that besides saving Rs 35000-Rs 40,000 crore as logistics cost annually, boosting exports by about USD 110 billion and generating one crore new jobs, Sagarmala will also double the share of domestic waterways in the modal mix in the next ten years.
He said, “The idea is to industrialize the port areas by developing 14 coastal economic zones. This would be supported by modernization and augmentation of the port infrastructure, improving connectivity of ports with the hinterland through road, rail and waterways, and development of the coastal community.”
Efforts are under way to exercise the navigational potential of India’s 7500 km long coastline and over 14,000 km of inland waterways through the Sagarmala programme and by declaring 111 waterways as National Waterways for cheaper and greener water transportation.
Gadkari assured that the highways and waterways are being modernized expeditiously and several works are underway for the development of these two sectors