Five months after he gave his nod to MP Kirron Kher’s proposal to construct a flyover at the Tribune Chowk for decongestion of traffic on June 6, union minister for road transport, highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari said that he has ordered the preparation of a Detailed Project Report (DPR).
The minister was addressing the Regional Editors’ Conference. This is a major step in the project as previously only a feasibility report had been sanctioned. Based on past experience, a DPR is prepared in between three months to a year, though it is not clear how much time this DPR will take.
On what were the ministry’s plans to tackle the congestion on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo highway, the minister said he was looking into the matter.
Veering on to other issues, he said that there were ‘green judges’ in the country who raced to get development works stopped.
He also expressed his helplessness in dealing with delays in road projects in border areas under the Border Roads Organisation (BRO).
He added 22 spots had been identified for landing of fighter jets on national highways. “They would be like railway crossing. After landing and taking off of the aircraft, traffic will resume.”
Working on Consumer Protection Act: Paswan
Minister of consumer affairs, food and public distribution, Ram Vilas Paswan said his ministry was working on a new Consumer Protection Act. An authority has been proposed under the Act to take suo motu action if product and services were not up to the mark.