After Modi, Gadkari aims to develop smart cities

New Delhi: Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari will seek Cabinet's approval for the construction of smart cities, apart from other projects like logistic parks and industrial clusters along the national highways, he said on Friday.

While speaking at a virtual event, Gadkari said that he aims to develop world-class highway networks and his ministry is working towards the completion of 60,000 kms of national highway by 2024 at the rate of 40 kms per day. He also said that Road Transport and Highways Ministry has prepared a plan for monetising some of the current highway projects for infra capital generation. 

"And now we have prepared a cabinet note for approval ....for making roadside townships, smart cities, logistic parks, industrial clusters… we are making 400 roadside amenities" Gadkari said.

He also said the Ministry is aiming to construct tunnels worth Rs 2.5 lakh crore. He added that use of steel and cement must be reduced in the construction of road without compromising the quality standards. This can be achieved research and innovation.

In the run-up to the 2014 General Elections, Narendra Modi had promised 10 smart cities in the country when Bhartiya Janta Party comes to power.