Today, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at the ICC’s AGM and Annual Session on Bharat@75 ‘Empowering India: Today for Tomorrow’, emphasized the need to remain aligned with the commitment made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the COP-26 summit. PM Modi had set a goal to achieve net-zero emissions or a carbon-neutral country by the year 2070.

To achieve the said goal, Gadkari proposed the idea of cutting-edge technology, innovations, and digitalization which would lead to all-inclusive and sustainable development in the country. Keeping in mind Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav highlighted that the Government is taking concrete steps towards building a tomorrow, which is far more vibrant.

Recalling the green highway mission, Minister mentioned that the Government is carrying out tree plantation and transplantation along the National Highways where larger participation of the local communities, farmers, NGOs, and private sector is expected. For this purpose, he suggested utilizing the benefits of huge investment in infrastructure. Under Bharatmala Phase 1 and 2, he added that the construction of 65,000 km of national highways is being done.

Reportedly, the government had a plan to develop around 35,000 km of highways under Bharatmala Phase-1 with an overall capital expenditure of over Rs. 10 Lakh crore. The Minister said the government is expeditiously working towards the development of a National highway network of 2 lakh kilometers by 2025.

Noting the EV market for electric two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and cars, he lauded India as becoming the largest EV market. He said Startups and new entrants in the EV industry are performing well over traditional auto players.

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