BENGALURU: The GoI has decided to solve the water problems in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan by utilising water from rivers flowing into Pakistan, Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday.
He said the government has also introduced a new scheme where water will reach farmers through innovative technology using pipe system rather than canals, avoiding land acquisition costs to the tune of Rs 6,000 crore.
Gadkari made these remarks in his inaugural address at an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry here, according to a release issued by the organisers.
Gadkari also emphasised the urgent need to reduce pollution and urged the automobile industry to produce vehicles that would run on electricity and alternate fuels like ethanol and methanol, which could be produced from agricultural waste.
“Conversion of waste into wealth is the future,” he said.
Gadkari also said the current road construction is at 28 kms a day and the target for next year is 40 kms per day.
He stated that the government has already signed work contracts for projects worth Rs 8,50,000 crore for roads, ports, shipping and water resources.
Stating that the government’s plan was to develop two lakh kilometers of highways, with 12 express highways, he said work on a new highway between Bengaluru and Mysuru at a cost of Rs 7,000 crore, will commence from today.
He also said that government would start work on a ring-road for Bengaluru, which will cost around Rs 10,000 crore.
Gadkari said work on the Rs 16,000 crore express highway project between Bengaluru and Chennai is expected to start by end March or beginning of April this year.