Government is working on boosting infrastructure, particularly ports, roads and waterways, to significantly reduce logistics cost that is “very high” in the country, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.
Holistic awareness and engagement programme for drivers and citizens across National Highways
Recent government statistics reveal the appalling state of road safety in the country, bringing to light the astonishing data of 1 road accident occurring every four minutes in India. With over 1,45,000 fatalities a year, India accounts for 12.5% of global road accidents. The United Nations mentions that India suffers a loss of $58 billion annually due to accidents. In 2012, 48,768 lives were lost in road accidents on the national highways with the number increasing to 51,204 in 2015.
Unfazed by critics who challenge his achievements, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari is literally speeding ahead. With an ambitious aim of Rs 5 lakh crore in highway contracts over the next few years, he is plotting better roads, safer vehicles, cleaner fuel, smart cards and turning rivers into motorways of tomorrow.