JAIPUR, SEPTEMBER 18 (IANS): The harsh, shrill, loud and alarming sounds of ambulance horns that echoed through the streets during the second wave of the COVID pandemic in India may soon be a thing of the past. From now on, these strident horns should be replaced by flute, harmonium, tabla and conch sounds.
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari gave this information during the inspection of the Delhi-Mumbai Greenfield highway under construction at a cost of Rs 90,000 crore. He said that work on the new horn model has already started.
Recalling the lines once quoted by US President John F Kennedy that “American roads are not good because America is rich, but America is rich because American roads are good,” Gadkari announced as the country will experience a major transformation in the transport sector which scenario of a success story in states like Rajasthan, MP, Maharashtra and Gujarat.
The Delhi-Mumbai highway will be controlled by axis and neither humans nor animals will be allowed to walk on it. Therefore, vehicles can be driven at a speed of around 140 km / h, he said, adding that âwe are considering allowing a speed of 100 km / h on this road. We are discussing the scope of changing the traffic rules in this regard, “he added.
The Delhi-Mumbai Highway will script a story of successful development in the tribal belts of Rajasthan, MP, Gujarat and Maharashtra by developing socio-economically and educationally backward districts.
About 4 million trees will be planted on the sides of the highway to control pollution, he said.
Gadkari called on the CM and the ministers of Rajasthan to create industrial poles, a logistics park, smart cities, etc. on both sides of the highway to ensure employment for local youth.
He said local produce would also get a boost as we plan to feature handlooms, crafts, local fruits and vegetables on either side of the road.
âThe part of the highway from Ranthambore and Mukundara Hills Tiger Reserve will be designed as an elevated corridor, so that animals living in the sanctuary will not encounter any problems,â he added.
Speaking about changes in the toll policy on national roads and highways, he said that over the next two years, the GPS toll payment system will be launched. Software will be prepared and connected to the satellite and to the GPS which will allow the customer to pay the toll for the number of kilometers traveled.
Speaking on the accidents, he said that at present, five lakhs of road accidents are taking place in the country. In these, a lakh and a half of people succumb. We are trying to bring about a situation by 2030 where there will be no reported accidents on the highways.
The Delhi-Katra highway will be launched in two years. This will reduce the distance from Delhi to Katra from 727 km to 572 km and we can reach Katra from Delhi in six hours, he added.
The Delhi-Mumbai highway, under construction as part of the Bharat Mala project, will be 1,350 km long and is expected to be completed by January 2023.
After carefully inspecting the highway, I am confident that the highway will become an icon of #New India and open endless opportunities for millions of people. #PragatiKaHighway, Gadkari tweeted after his poll.