BHOPAL: Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari, interacting with the media persons here on Tuesday, said that Narmada and Chambal Expressways would be built in the state.

Gadkari said the Narmada Expressway will extend from Amarkantak to Alirajpur alongside the Narmada River. This 1300-km-long road would connect the Chhattisgarh border of the state with its Gujarat border. The 185-km-long Chambal Expressway will connect Sheopur with Morena.  Gadkari said the state government has been asked to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) and acquire land for both the expressways. He said the construction would be done within a year as soon as the DPR and land acquisition are complete. Gadkari said roads worth Rs 2 lakh crore would be constructed in the state over the next couple of years. Gadkari said as many as 100 driving training centres would be opened in small towns and cities. He said the state government has been asked to prepare a proposal to make waterways in the Narmada, Chambal and Tons Rivers. He said waterways are the cheapest means of transportation in the country and that is why, the state government has been asked to focus on it. Gadkari said the stretch of the highways from Biaora to Bhopal and Obaidullaganj to Betul would be constructed under EPC mode.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Gadkari has given his approval on converting state’s 2100 kilometre long state highways into national highways. With this, the length of national highways in the state would now be 12,000 kilometres.

30% driving licences bogus

Nitin Gadkari told as many as 30 per cent driving licences in the country are bogus. He said people don’t undergo driving test for getting driving license. To check this tendency, computers are being used to conduct driving tests.

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