Gadkari plans to infuse Rs 15L cr in highways globalise Khadi in

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari, who is best known for his go-getting approach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet has lined up big plans in his second innings. In the Gadkari’s list, the plan to infuse Rs 15 lakh crore in highways, propelling GDP growth by globalising khadi and MSME products ranks at the top.After taking charge of Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Ministry, Gadkari in his first interview to a news agency, said that the mission ahead was to further propel the country’s economic growth through concerted efforts be it in highways or MSME. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The blueprint for highways is already in place. We plan to take up work worth at least Rs 15 lakh crore in highways that includes building 22 green expressways, rolling out all stuck projects in the next 100 days and creating a ‘grid of roads’ at par with the power grid,” Gadkari told the news agency on Wednesday The Minister said that during his previous tenure, his ministries — Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development — in a cumulative basis, had seen a spend of Rs 17 lakh crore that included Rs 11 lakh crore in the highways sector alone. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsReferring to the momentous victory of BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gadkari said that the resounding mandate by the people rising above petty party-politics, caste-creed or communalism has reaffirmed that people need “development” which will remain a priority area. Through demonetisation, the message has gone clear to the people that Modi-led government is against corruption and black money and all initiatives whether welfare schemes, houses, gas, electricity or health insurance have benefitted the poor, he stressed. The minister said that the priority for him will be “rolling out all stuck highway projects that include many of the IL&FS projects within 100 days”. “I reviewed projects yesterday and found out about 225 projects were pending for financial closure etc, which has been resolved and now only about 20-25 projects are left. This is a priority area and the pending projects will be zero within 100 days,” the minister said. About his new Ministry MSME, the Union Minister said that his endeavour would be to globalise MSME and Khadi products through joint ventures and he was especially keen on mass-scale honey production besides promoting products like Moringa which are globally much in demand. The focus will be rural areas and forming clusters of potters, people dependent on leather industries and giving them assistance with new technology aimed at promoting export of these products, he said. Citing the example of coir, he said small scale industries will be promoted, and noted that the plan is to make coir industry a Rs 20,000 crore economy from the present Rs 10,000 crore. “I am confident that these are going to create huge employment and propel GDP growth which will apparently be visible in next two to three years,” he said, adding that Khadi will be another thriving area.last_img

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