India is making a big push towards point-to-point mass rapid transport systems using renewable energy sources, including its first electric highway and Metrino pods. Firstpost caught up with Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari, when he was in Stockholm for the India Unlimited Hackathon on Smart Cities, to speak about India’s ambitious plans to boost its transport infrastructure. Gadkari said that the government is looking for solutions on Smart Cities and is ‘100 percent’ willing to support and incubate research on them. Here are some excerpts from the interview.
Q1: On the India Unlimited Hackathon — Certainly this provides a great platform for the government to tap into creative and innovate ideas for sustainable, smart cities and villages — What is going to be the government’s biggest take away from this hackathon? Read more