Highlighting MSME and automobile are the two growth engines of the country’s economy, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs has urged the international institutions for increased investments in the Indian national highways and MSME sector.

The minister while addressing the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Women Innovator on Trade Investment and collaborations in road infrastructure and MSMEs added, “India and Australia are already co-operating in the road safety sector. This cooperation has provided better designs for roads and awareness opportunities for the public. Under the Indian Road Safety Assessment Programme, 21,000 km roads have been assessed and about 3,000 km road length is under technological upgradation.”

According to the minister these upgradation programmes will bring about 50 per cent reduction in road accidents. Gadkari informed that our objective is to set out to achieve zero road fatalities by 2030,” an official statement said.

Gadkari also informed that his ministry has taken lot of initiatives to reduce road accidents. World Bank and ADB have committed Rs 7,000 crore each for this campaign.


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