Addressing the media on the achievements of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government on completion of nine years, he announced that the PM had set a target to make India an economic superpower with an emphasis on Atma Nirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India).
“We are now running double decker buses on electric, where we would be carrying senior citizens to pilgrimage centres like Shegaon and Mahur. We are also coming up with a policy to use garbage in road construction after segregation. We have already used tonnes of garbage in building Delhi Ring Road and Ahmedabad highways. We are also aiming to make railways over and under-bridges (ROB and RUB) to make the country gate-free by approving Rs16,000 crore for such bridges. I will be inaugurating 11 ROB/RUBs with CM Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis soon. Under PM Modi, India is changing and has entered a golden era,” he said.
Taking potshots at the Congress, Gadkari said in comparison to their 60 years of rule, the nation had witnessed rapid growth in just nine years of Modi government. “If we take Nagpur, it has developed by leaps and bounds. Many big projects are in the pipeline like redevelopment of Ajni and main railway stations, and metro railway’s second phase. The broad-gauge metro is yet to get clearance from the railways but will start after their nod. We have also come up with a unique project of a bird park on the crossing of Wardha Road and Ring Road, where fruits trees would be planted. We are coming up with a big railway underpass at Manish Nagar for smooth traffic. The Congress was in the centre, state and even in the municipal corporations, but failed to ensure development.”
On the much delayed Nag river rejuvenation project, Gadkari said Rs2,400 crore had already been sanctioned for it, and the PM had laid its foundation stone. “Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will implement it. The tenders have been floated for appointment of consultant. We will be meeting in Delhi in this regard in a week. I had suggested to Fadnavis to constitute a panel under former Neeri director Satish Wate, comprising expert ecologists and environmentalists, which would supervise the entire project. I will be taking you all on a boat ride down the iconic river after the project completion,” Gadkari told the media.