Govt plans to use river sand for highway projects

From ET Realty

NEW DELHI: Looking to implement innovative moves to boost infrastructure development in India, Shipping & Transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said the government is planning to move sand from rivers to construct national highways.

“Yamuna’s sand will be used for construction of National Highways. State support agreements to be signed which will allow use of sand from their rivers for construction of highways. NHAI will dredge rivers free of cost,” Gadkari said.

In a major announcement, Gadkari said that BS-VI fuel standards will be implemented from 2020. “India will leapfrog to BS-VI from BS-IV. Roads transport ministry has asked automobile manufacturers to leapfrog from BS-IV to BS-VI to reduce vehicular pollution,” he said.

Talking about water transportation, Gadkari said, “India is among the most backward when it comes to water transportation. Government is pushing for development of multi fuel engines for ships that can also run on eco-friendly LNG.” “Thirty floating water ports and seven permanent ports will be built on Ganga,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal for taking up Hybrid Annuity based Public Private Partnership (PPP) model under Namami Gange Programme which aims to reform the waste-water sector in India. “This is a futuristic step taken by the government where the market development for treated waste water and structural reforms are complementing the projects. This will help taking up more number of projects with the same allocation as made available under Namami Gange programme with reduced financial liability in the initial years,” the government release said.

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