Mumbai: Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu (L) at the Andhra Pradesh Investors Summit at the Make In India week in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad  (PTI2_16_2016_000232B)
Mumbai: Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu (L) at the Andhra Pradesh Investors Summit at the Make In India week in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad (PTI2_16_2016_000232B)

To develop 2000 ports in 3 years, says Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

Mumbai : Stating that the focus of the government would be on development of water transport in times to come, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari announced here on Tuesday that 2,000 new ports will be developed in the next three years, along with an increased thrust on inland waterways.

“We are striving to increase the availability of waterways for transportation while developing a network of roads and rails,” Nitin Gadkari said, adding that the river ports too would be developed along with sea ports.

The government plans to develop 350 ring roads as well as huge parking facilities for vehicles on the outskirts of over 300 big cities across the country, he said. “Efforts are being made to develop adequate transport infrastructure to bolster the make in India efforts,” he said.

Apart from developing new infrastructure, enhancing the old one too is on government’s priority, he said adding that electronic tolling (e-tolling) system on 360 toll plazas will be operational before April this year.

“We have already put this project on fast track and we expect the system to be operational before April this year,” the minister said.

A special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be formed which will include a government organisation and two banks, which will collect toll through the system, he said.

He also said the government has set a target of increasing the total national highways network to 1.52 lakh km in the next 3 months from the current 96,000 km.

Apart from this, the government has also planned to develop transport Nagars along national highways, which will house truck depots, petrol pumps and godowns, the senior BJP leader said.

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