Friday, September 10, 2021

Roadside amenities to have helipads: Gadkari

Jalore: Roadside amenities on national highways will soon have operational helipads, said minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari when he visited Rajasthan for an event on Thursday.

The minister said various development projects were underway especially on Delhi-Jaipur route, which would cut down the travel time drastically. He added that an electric highway on the same route would soon be a reality.

“India has the highest number of road accidents annually and a high number of casualties. Keeping this in mind, we have thought of setting up helipads as roadside amenities on national highways. The aim behind this is that it will help in cases of organ transplants. When a person dies in an accident and the organs are to be donated, then they can be transferred faster if helipads are available at regular intervals,” said Gadkari.

Emphasising on the need to shift from the use of petrol and diesel to biofuels, the minister added, “I have always tried that we gradually reduce the use of diesel and petrol even for aircraft. Our farmers can help in generation of biofuels and in fact a private airlines had even used the same for a flight. We are also working on electric highways between Delhi-Jaipur which would help in curbing pollution. An electric highway is considered an energy-efficient option to reduce carbon footprint.”

Gadkari also touched upon the fact that India had set the world record when it comes to construction of highways as well as roads with 38km being constructed on a daily basis. “The endeavour is to find innovative ways of development and in fact I have in the past also urged that we should be work on switching to sea planes like how it is done in many countries. Perhaps even the Indian Air Force can consider it”, he said.

10/09/21 Times of India

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