Rs one lakh crore to be raised for road sector: Gadkari

Rs one lakh crore to be raised for road sector: Gadkari

 

New Delhi, July 3: Union Surface Transport and RuralDevelopment Minister Nitin Gadkari has said the new govt is working on bringing on the good times, but it needs some time to produce results. He also said that his ministry will raise Rs one lakh crore to overhaul the road network in the country.

 

Gadkari was speaking at the conclave Budget Aajtak organised by the nation’s No 1 News Channel. Participating in the session ‘Will the good days come?’, Gadkari claimed to be the top politician in terms of arranging funds, and said that he will raise Rs one lakh crore for the road sector. “I will prepare the blueprint from my ministry in a month’s time and results will be visible in 2 years. I will raise Rs 1 lakh crore and release money to contractors in 24 hours,” he said. Gadkari also defended himself on the charges of being a businessman first. “I am not a businessman, but I apply my mind to generate employment for the poor,” he said.

 

 

Speaking on whether the Budget will have glimpses of the good days, Gadkari said that the new government has understood the problems of the country and is working to find solutions. “Budget will reveal the economic policies of the government. We will take quick decisions and will have to bring in transparency. To solve the power problem, we will have to solve the crisis in the coal sector. Good days will come, but we’ll have to wait for some time,” said Gadkari.

 

Gadkari also defended the green signal to e-rickshwas saying it is better than cycle rickshaws where a man being pulls other people.

 

Congress leader Kamal Nath one of the biggest obstacles  in urban development is acquisition of land. He also said that many decisions of the previous UPA government got entangled in bureaucratic tangles, and consequently, work on the plans got stalled.

 

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Ganga brainstorming meet on July 7: Javadekar

 

Tewari blames states for UPA’s paralysis

 

New Delhi, 3 July: Union minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar has said that Ganga rejuvenation is the Centre’s topmost priority. Speaking at the Budget Aajtak conclave organized by the nation’s Number 1 news channel Aaj Tak, Javadekar also said the government will take positive steps towards environmental clearances from the next month.

 

Javadekar was participating in the session ‘Will we see a green budget?’ along with Congress leader Manish Tewari. Javadekar said that to save the country one needs to protect the environment. “We will have to develop a mentality that what is bad is good for no one and what is good is good for everyone.

 

Replying to a question, Javadekar said that the government is organising a Ganga meeting on July 7. “Four ministries along with seers from across the nation will take part in the meeting as Ganga rejuvenation is the government’s topmost priority,” said the Union Minister.

 

Speaking at the session, congress leader Manish Tewari said that several developmental works had to be stopped due to failure of obtaining environmental clearances. “On many occasions, farmers whose land was acquired moved the Supreme Court and won. They also claimed compensation but the projects could not be cleared. Several committees were formed to get environmental clearances,” said Tewari. Tewari blamed the states for UPA’s failure in implementing projects sayingm, that states take too much time in clearing projects.

 

Replying to a question Javadekar said that those who opposed the Narmada Dam project for the last 40 years must be answerable for the delay. On the other hand, Tewari said that the environment protection law has been passed by the Parliament and the environment minister’s job is to ensure that the law is followed.

 

 

 

 

Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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