Present traffic growth requires construction of an additional lane on highways every year said Gadkari .It will cost government about Rs 50,000 crore, said the minister, quoting a study done by his ministry.
At present, the annual increase in registration of vehicles is over 10%.
The minister added that we have to bring attractive public transport and other modes of shared transport system even on highway stretches, particularly between cities.
He said adding that luxury double decker buses could be one such options.
The study that Gadkari referred to has mentioned how a four-lane highway in Japan is adequate to manage 80,000 vehicles a day.
While in India a similar road stretch gets choked with only 20,000 vehicles. This simply shows how we need to make our roads efficient, he said.
The future expansion of highways will be based on making stretches access controlled so that slow moving traffic is not allowed to enter such stretches.
There will be service roads for the slow moving traffic. That will reduce congestion and road crashes as well.
The ministry has pushed the introduction of new technology driven transport systems, which are before the government think tank, Niti Aayog.
News Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Image source: Wikipedia