Union Minister for Road Transport, Highway and Shipping Nitin Gadkari Wednesday launched two e-books on various developmental activities, initiatives and achievements of his ministry on the completion of the six months of the Narendra Modi government.The e-books were launched at a function here to mark "Good Governance Day" on the 90th birthday of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee."Road transport and shipping are very important sectors for the development of the country and the challenge is to reduce the cost while enhancing the quality of road construction in the country," Gadkari said on the occasion.
He said the government was giving priority to solving bottlenecks coming in the way of development of roads particularly land acquisition and many such cases have been resolved."The target is to construct 30 km of roads per day," he said and enumerated steps taken for construction of cement-concrete roads, development of toll plazas, electronic toll collection and road side amenities.Gadkari said due priority needs to be given to development of inland waterways as it is much cheaper mode of transport."Government will promote bio-fuels in public transport and the ministry has undertaken several comprehensive initiatives in different sectors," he said.