Nitin Gadkari: By 2024, the road infrastructure in India will be similar to that of the US: Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister for Roads and Highways Nitin Gadkari told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday that India’s road infrastructure will be similar to that of the United States by 2024.

Up to 26 green expressways will be built by 2024, which will greatly reduce travel time.

Once the highways are established, the travel time from Delhi to Dehradun, Delhi to Haridwar, Delhi to Jaipur would only take about two hours. While Delhi to Chandigarh takes 2.30 hours, Delhi to Amritsar takes 4 hours and Delhi to Mumbai takes 12 hours.

The Minister answered Congressman Rajeev Shukla’s question on the availability of funds for NHAI during Question Time. “The government is building 26 eco-friendly highways. Road infrastructure in India will be similar to that of the US by 2024. There is no shortage of funds. We are committed to changing the face of road infrastructure in the country,” Gadkari said in his response.

On the availability of funds, he said NHAI can build five lakh crore worth of roads each year.

During a discussion on the Prevention of Illegal Activities Act (UAPA), RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary explained that up to 1,338 cases were registered under the UAPA in Uttar Pradesh in 2018-20, according to the government. However, only 83 saw a conviction, which accounts for a 6 percent conviction rate.

“This proves that there is something wrong with the application of the law. How will you raise awareness of the law among UP police?” Chaudhary asked MoS Home Nityanand Rai.

This is the states data and it is not as if judgment has been made on all matters. And state governments also file cases under UAPA,” the minister replied.

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