Satellite dry port in state to push global marketing: Gadkari

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jaipur
  • Updated: Dec 14, 2014 17:36 IST

Union minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari on Saturday announced a ‘dry port’ for the state with an aim to increase export-import and boost international marketing from Rajasthan.

Gadkari asked CM Vasundhara Raje to identify land to set up the port and assured all help from the Union government. He said that it would be developed in the form of a satellite port. Gadkari was addressing a gathering at Janpath on Saturday on the occasion of anniversary celebrations of the state BJP government .

The Union minister announced that electric buses will be introduced in Jaipur and other cities to reduce pollution. He said the state government should take resolve to make the state pollution free and the Union government would help in use of bio-fuel in vehicles.

He said besides a ‘dry port’, the Union government is also ready to allow permission to develop water ports for landing of special aircrafts in order to boost tourism in the state. Gadkari and Raje laid foundation stone of about Rs 4,000-crore road projects to be carried across the state in next four years.

Gadkari said the Delhi-Jaipur highway will be completed by June 2015 and 46 flyovers have been constructed on the highway. “The highway has been hanging in balance as there was no coordination between the previous state and the Union governments.,” he added.

He said the ministry is mulling over revision of the Motor Vehicle Act to bring transparency and mitigate corruption. The minister said there would be computerised tests for driving and role of human intervention would be cut short.

He said in the next five years roads worth Rs 5 lakh crore would be constructed in the country. He also laid down foundation stones of eight major roads in the state.

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