Eastern expressway will cut Delhi pollution: Nitin Gadkari
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New Delhi: Road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday outlined plans to construct an expressway that will significantly reduce pollution in the national capital.
The Eastern Peripheral Expressway will decongest Delhi and will be ready in about 400 days, Gadkari said at a session on infrastructure at the India Economic Summit organized by the World Economic Forum.
He recalled how he takes just over an hour to fly from Nagpur to Delhi and almost the same time travelling from the congested airport road to central Delhi.
Work is also likely to start on the Vadodara-Mumbai Expressway. The government plans to increase the length of National Highways to 200,000 km from 96,000 km.
Gadkari said tenders would be floated soon to begin work on 36 waterways. Shifting cargo to waterways from highways would result in savings in logistics costs.
The minister said he is in talks with Bangladesh to hold a conference that would pave the way for moving trade to waterways from roads. This will reduce pollution and save on costs.