Gadkari said that the work on the longest expressway being built between Delhi and Mumbai will be completed soon. Earlier, Nitin Gadkari had revealed that his ministry aims to further expand the national highway network. Nitin Gadkari said that the government is working towards the development of 2 lakh km of national highway network by 2025. We are developing 22 Greenfield Access Control Expressways to reduce travel time.
Apart from cutting down on travel time and fuel cost, expressways also help in economic development, he added. Our priority is to reduce the cost of logistics from the current 14-16 per cent of GDP to 10 per cent. It is 8-10 per cent in China and 12 per cent in European countries. If we bring it down to 10-12 per cent in India, we can compete well in the international market.
The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the agency responsible for the construction and maintenance of national highways, continued the construction of highways even during the lockdown. Due to the lack of traffic due to the lockdown since March 2020, success was also achieved in increasing the speed of construction in many projects.
During this time the agency also made some record achievements in construction. Last year, NHAI created a world record by completing 25.54 km of single lane road development in just 18 hours. The road is located on NH-52 on a four-lane highway between Vijaypur and Solapur.
NHAI had set another world record in February last year for the highest volume of concrete pouring on a four-lane highway in a single day. This achievement was achieved by the contractor Patel Infrastructure and got its name in India Book of Records and Golden Book of World Records.
NHAI is strengthening the road safety of the country with the help of Advance Traffic Management System (ATMC) on National Highways. This technology will find out the reasons for vehicles moving at higher speeds on highways and traffic jams on highways. For this, CCTV cameras of advanced technology will be installed on the highways and there will be a control room on each section for monitoring. This will allow monitoring of traffic on the section.
ATMC will have speed detection technology. Weather information can be given to road passengers through mobile radio communication. Apart from this, with the help of automatic classic cum counter system, there will be a database of details of each vehicle. Road passengers can be helped quickly in road accidents or any trouble.
NHAI is conducting road safety audit of highways. Under this, black spots of highways are being removed. At present, more than 5,000 black spots have been identified. In this, work is going on to fix one thousand and in the past 2,500 black spots have been corrected.
The work of installing charging stations on highways for electric vehicles in the country has also started. NHAI has identified over 650 properties in 22 states with a combined area of over 3,000 hectares for developing charging infrastructure. At present it is not possible to travel long distances by electric vehicles due to lack of charging stations. Very few EV charging stations are available along highways to meet the needs of electric owners. In such a situation, setting up of EV charging stations along the national highways will be of great help to the electric vehicle owners in India.