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Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari allocated developmental projects valued at Rs 2000 crores to Gujarat

Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari allocated developmental projects valued at Rs 2000 crores to Gujarat

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Civil Engineers are the primary contributors to the construction of Modern India, often referred to as ‘Vishwakarma.’ The developmental endeavors undertaken by these professionals will be eternally etched in the memories of future generations. During the inauguration of the 82nd Annual session of the Indian Roads Congress in Gandhinagar, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari, emphasized the crucial role of today’s civil engineers. He highlighted their responsibility to create high-quality roads and infrastructure for the nation, acknowledging their hard work and sincerity. The event, held at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, was inaugurated by Union Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel.


During his address, the Union Minister emphasized the critical importance of four key aspects in road construction: cost-effectiveness, alternative material options, ecological and environmental protection, and time management. He highlighted that the lack of coordination among these elements often leads to delays in road projects, resulting in significant financial losses for both the government and the companies involved. Drawing attention to the Mumbai scenario, he cited an initiative where companies working on flyover projects were incentivized with a reward of Rs. 1 lakh for early completion, coupled with a fine of Rs. 1.5 lakh for any delays, even by a single day. The Minister highlighted the principle that actions driven by good intentions may be forgiven, but those driven by malicious or negative thoughts cannot. Assuring an ample budget for development works, he emphasized the importance of completing all projects within the stipulated time frame.


The Union Minister highlighted the exemplary environmental approach of the Gujarat government, citing the use of millions of tonnes of plastic waste in the construction of the Ahmedabad-Dholera highway. He emphasized the importance of balanced development that does not compromise the environment. Rather than cutting down trees for new roads, he suggested transplanting them to suitable locations. The Minister stressed the duty to encourage more youth in India, aligning with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat. He emphasized that realizing this dream requires maximizing the use of technology for quality road construction to provide the nation with excellent roads.


Continuing his address, Union Transport Minister Shri Gadkari emphasized the significant role of advanced technology across various sectors in India today. He underlined the crucial need to prioritize innovative technology, particularly emphasizing quality in the road construction sector. To fulfill the vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat and propel India towards becoming a five-trillion-dollar economy, he advocated for the encouragement of technology and innovative ideas in this sector. Drawing inspiration from global best practices, he highlighted the importance of adopting and implementing these strategies at the national level.


The Union Minister urged increased focus on road construction engineering as a preventive measure against road accidents in the country. Emphasizing the utilization of the public-private partnership model, he advocated for boosting the country’s growth rate. Citing the example of Maharashtra, he highlighted the allocation of a significant portion of the budget to provide road connectivity to villages, while road works in Mumbai were accomplished through public-private partnerships to offset the costs. The Minister expressed the potential for revenue generation through innovative models in road construction. Additionally, he extended his best wishes to all officials for the successful organization of the 82nd Annual session of the Indian Roads Congress.


During this event, Union Minister Shri Gadkari bestowed a comprehensive package of development projects totaling Rs. 2,000 crore to Gujarat. This allocation comprises Rs. 1,000 crore for the Central Road Fund-CRF and an additional Rs. 1,000 crore under Setu Bharat.


Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel, addressing the 82nd Annual session of the Indian Road Congress at the Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, emphasized the pivotal role of robust road infrastructure in accelerating the development of the nation and the state. In this context, the Chief Minister urged the adoption of a quality work approach coupled with the integration of global technology in the construction of road infrastructure and bridges. This, he emphasized, is essential to achieve the vision of Viksit Bharat@2047.


The Chief Minister went on to highlight that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has dedicated significant focus to expanding the road infrastructure and network throughout the country over the past nine years. A noteworthy accomplishment includes the construction of a 54 thousand kilometers long National Highway and Greenfield Expressway. Furthermore, he pointed out that 99% of villages in the country now have road connectivity, contributing to the establishment of a robust road network and solid infrastructure. This, in turn, acts as a catalyst for India’s economic, industrial, and social development.


Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel bestowed the title of “catalyst agents of stable network” upon the members of the Indian Roads Congress. He emphasized the critical significance of adapting to timely changes in road construction and bridge designs due to global warming and environmental shifts. The Chief Minister urged everyone to make the most of the exhibitions organized by IRC, providing valuable insights into global technology and updated machinery in construction work. He expressed confidence that the showcased technology and machinery in the exhibition would prove beneficial for both engineers and contractors.

Additionally, he expressed gratitude that Gujarat, a development role model in the country, had the privilege of hosting the 82nd Annual session of the Indian Road Congress during this auspicious period of Amrit Kaal.


During this event, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel provided a comprehensive overview of the road network infrastructure in Gujarat. Addressing members of the IRC from various states, he highlighted that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gujarat has allocated over Rs. 20,600 crore in the budget for various works, including road construction this year. Additionally, the state has earmarked Rs. 600 crore for the tourism circuit and Rs. 500 crore under Pragati Path to connect remote villages in border areas with paved roads.


The Chief Minister emphasized that a survey of both small and large bridges in the state has been completed, with prioritized strengthening works based on requirements. Furthermore, construction is underway for five high-speed corridors in the state.


During this event, the Chief Minister also unveiled the coffee table book and souvenir of the IRC. Prominent engineers from various states, presenting outstanding research papers in the road sector, were honored with awards by the dignitaries in attendance. The Chief Minister and the Union Minister explored the impressive display of 121 stalls organized by the Indian Road Congress (IRC) at the Mahatma Mandir, gaining interesting and valuable information.


Welcoming everyone on behalf of the IRC, Indian Roads Congress President Shri S.P. Vasava expressed appreciation for the innovative efforts of the Government of India and various state governments in the road and transport sector. He emphasized that since its establishment, the IRC has consistently supported these endeavors, recognizing the vital importance of the road and transport sector. Through the combined efforts of everyone involved, India now boasts a road network exceeding 63.50 lakh kilometers, ranking as the second-largest in the world. Over the past decade, the country’s highway and road infrastructure have undergone continuous development, driven by advanced technology.


In addition to new constructions, there is a concerted effort to upgrade existing roads. The progress in road infrastructure is complemented by a strong emphasis on road safety education, a crucial aspect in preventing and mitigating road accidents. In this regard, the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) collaborates significantly with the Government of India.


During this event, IRC Secretary Shri Sanjay Nirmal conveyed that the Indian Roads Congress (IRC) was established before independence, specifically in 1934. With a mission to ensure safe and optimal infrastructure in the road sector, IRC has garnered a membership of up to 19,000 over its 89-year journey. Operating based on 273 criteria, IRC consistently conducts seminars on road safety in India and internationally each year. The four-day Indian Roads Congress will host 17 diverse technical sessions featuring road experts presenting their insights. Shri A.K. Patel, Secretary of the Gujarat Road and Building Department, extended a warm welcome to delegates from across the country.

The event was graced by the presence of Gujarat Chief Secretary Shri Raj Kumar, IRC office bearers, and delegates, including industrialists involved in road transport and engineers.

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