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Nitin Gadkari press conference highlights: BharatMala, SagarMala to be 'varmala' of India, says minister

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Nitin Gadkari press conference highlights: BharatMala, SagarMala to be 'varmala' of India, says minister
  • 12:55 (IST)

    BharatMala will contribue 2-3% to GDP, says Gadkari

    "Our infrastructure plan will contribute 2-3 percent to the GDP and will create 2 lakh crore jobs. This is our target. The biggest profit is that NHI will become more autonomous. I believe that NHI will be able to fulfill 10,000 lakh crore target given to them. The Delhi Ringroad Highway will be finished in a month's time. The Delhi-Meerut package will be completed soon. For the first time, the Ministry is creating express highways which is also part of the SagarMala project. With the BharatMala project we will be able to link 550 districts."

    Corruption-free, transparent project to be implemented

    Our target is to fulfil BharatMala project be beginning work before 2017-end. We will finish the first phase of the project in 2 years time. The BharatMala project will be transparent-free, corruption, free and time-bound, says the Minister

  • 12:49 (IST)

    BharatMala and SagarMala linked

    SagarMala is different from BharatMala, said Gadkari. SagarMala has an outlay of Rs 16 lakh crore. It is to do with shipping, ports and waterways. Do not confuse it with BharatMala, he said. Yeh do mala alag hai aur varmala ban kar desh ko jodega, said Gadkari

  • 12:47 (IST)

    Ports are profitable, says Gadkari

    We are giving connectivity in 22 places and spending Rs 25,000 crore on it, the Minister said. It will boost economic growth. The 22 points will include bus services between Bangladesh and Nepal. Bangladesh, Myanmar and Bhutan are linked with the North East; Nepal has connectivity with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Along with this, there are 12 major ports. All our ports are profitable and we will have Rs 25,000 crore profit through ports, says Minister

  • 12:44 (IST)

    Railways should improve ahead of roadways, says Minister

    There are 36 percent accidents on national highways, I must admit, says Nitin Gadkari. "Our goal is not just to make good roads but also to save 50 percent of people's lives who die because of road accidents. By building roads, there will be economic activity. With BharatMala project, our first priority is waterways, railways and then roadways. We will try and improve Railways so that it can progress ahead of Roadways. 

  • 12:42 (IST)

    Rs 1.20 lakh crore to be spent on economic corridors

    We will be spending Rs 1.20 lakh crore on economic corridors. Not only distance, but also fuel consumption will be saved by the creation of these corridors. It will also reduce pollution.  We have identified 34 places where roads will be lengthened, Gadkari said. 

  • 12:39 (IST)

    44 economic corridors to be created

    In this program, the creation of jobs will be huge. In each site 500-800 people will get employment. We will create 44 economic corridors. We will create 35 logistic parks and 700 roadside amenities, said the Minister. 

  • 12:37 (IST)

    BharatMala will change the image of India, says Gadkari

    Gadkari said that the Ministry has selected tribal roads, border roads, religious and adventure zone, economic backward zone and looked at an integrated package to accelerate the country's growth engine. 

  • 12:26 (IST)

    BharatMala project expected to create 30-34 cr mandays

    BharatMala project will generate 30-34 crore mandays. As any road artery is developed and especially if it is a greenfield one, the scope is unlimited. 

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Technology to be used continuously in project

    We will use technology to map the road condition besides look at riding quality of roads and signages, too. Once a year in stretches which are used a lot, we will capture through technology pre and post monsoon condiwill be captured through these systems. The total outlay is 6.92 lakh crores to be used in next two years. 

  • 12:22 (IST)

    Maintenance of highways

    There is 183 sites for wayside amenities for passenger, driver and vehicle comfort. These will be brought in two years and will provide employment and reduce road accidents

  • 12:22 (IST)

    Hub-and-spoke model

    600 districts were studied and length, time taken, alternate routes that can be taken, and we focussed on shortest route and time taken. The mInistry wants to bring real value by shortening 20-25 time for consumers. We have done traffic survey, multiple checks, scientific basis taken into account while mapping the roads. As part of economic corridor, we are looking at development of logistics park as a value to the chain. It works on a hub and spoke model and that is where the importance of logistics park take shape. Their development will add value and reduce costs of logistics aroudn 5-6 percent and is a huge saving in growth of economy

  • 12:18 (IST)

    BharatMala project in phases

    24,800 kms of roads will be taken up in Phase 1 of BharatMala project. Residual works of NHP which is 10,000 kms has been collected. Hence the total is 35,000 at an estimated cost of Rs 5,35 lakh. 

  • 12:16 (IST)

    Port connectivity

    A large number of ports dont have seamless connectivity. We will develop roads for port connectivity. Ring roads and bypasses -- 28 towns have been identified for the same. 

  • 12:15 (IST)

    Space tech used

    National Corridor efficiency improvement in terms of taking to 4-6 lanes and also addressing choke points -- these will be proposed to be brought around. Economic corridors have been identified and have been revalidated using space technology. It has gone through three layers. 

  • 12:12 (IST)

    BharatMala project to be finished by March 2022

    NHDP has been largest road sector programmes getting implemented through 7 phases. We have reached a stage where the benefits of NHDP, wherever there are missing gaps and have to be optimalised, that is where BharatMala has been conceptualised to be finished by March 2022, over a five year period program, says Ashok Lavasa, Finance Secretary

  • 11:59 (IST)

    Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to address media shortly

  • 11:48 (IST)

    Focus on road dev will ensure investments, say expert


    The Narendra Modi government’s announcement on Tuesday of Rs 7 lakh crore investment in building roads over the next five years finally gave shape to the oft-discussed Bharatmala project.  Experts have hailed the announcements saying infrastructure investments will boost the economic activities.


    Manish B Agarwal, Partner and Leader, Infrastructure, PwC India said: “The focus on roads that connect economic centers will help ensure investments are focussed on economic returns.”

The Narendra Modi government on Tuesday approved an ambitious road construction and expansion programme of over 83,000 km over the next five years with an investment of about Rs 7 lakh crore.

The aim is to improve infrastructure, entail faster transportation and generate employment.

Briefing reporters after a cabinet meeting, Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa said the road building projects will generate 14.2 crore man-days of jobs.

The massive road building programme includes 34,800 km of BharatMala project to be constructed with an investment of Rs 5,35,000 crore.

"The historic road building programme for progress and prosperity involves building 83,677 km of roads at an investment of Rs 6.92 lakh crore," Lavasa said.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. PTI

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also addressed the media, later tweeted that the huge public investment in road construction will generate employment.

There is a need to increase public investment and Rs 7 lakh crore for road expansion will generate employment opportunities, Jaitley tweeted.

The government has consistently battled accusations from the Congress and other opposition parties that the growth under the Modi government has been "jobless".

Lavasa, who made a detailed presentation, said BharatMala includes economic corridors, border roads, coastal roads and greenfield expressways.

He said, there will be 9,000 km of economic corridors, inter-corridor and feeder routes (6,000 km), national corridors efficiency improvement (5,000 km), border roads and international connectivity (2,000 km), coastal roads and port connectivity (2,000 km), Greenfield expressways (800 km) and balance national highway development works (10,000 km).

The BharatMala project will be funded by obtaining Rs 2.09 lakh crore from the market, private investment of Rs 1.06 lakh crore and Rs 2.19 lakh crore from central road fund, toll-operate-transfer model and from toll.

The remaining 48,877 km roads under other schemes with an outlay of Rs 1.57 lakh crore will also be undertaken in parallel by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways with 0.97 lakh crore from the central road fund and 0.59 lakh crore from budgetary support.


Updated Date: Oct 25, 2017 13:13 PM

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