10/04/2015 … Union minister of road transport, national highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari approved the development of three new roads in the state Gifting Goa a 5,000 crore bonanza for development of road transport and infrastructure .
The foundation stone was also laid for the road-widening project along NH 4-A and NH 17-B. The highlight was the announcement of the long-awaited Zuari bridge, which would be built at a cost of 2,000 crore which the Centre would foot.
Addressing media persons at the party head office in panjim union minister of road transport, national highways and shipping Nitin Gadkari said that the foundation stone for a new bridge on the River Zuari will be held on December 19 while the Goa-Mumbai Highway would be concretised with four lanes.
Gadkari said the inland waterways bill to convert 101 rivers across the country into transport channels would be introduced in Parliament on April 20 and urged the Goa government to make use of inland waterways for transportation of goods, which will help reduce logistics costs.
The bill aims to reduce traffic burden from roads and promote waterways where transportation cost is barely 50 paise a km in comparison to Rs.1 by rail and Rs.1.5 a km through roads.
Gadkari also stated that the his government aim in the next coming months would also be to increase the gdp up to 8% which was earlier down to 4.5 percent during the erstwhile upa government