Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Shri Nitin Gadkari has called for increased investment by international institutions and bodies in the Indian Highways and MSME sectors. He said, automobile and MSME are the two growth engines of Indian economy.
Addressing the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Womennovator on Trade Investment and collaborations in Road infrastructure and MSMEs today, the Minister said, India and Australia are already co-operating in the road safety sector. He said this cooperation has provided better designs for roads and awareness opportunities for the public. Under the Indian Road, Safety Assessment Programme 21000 km roads have been assessed and about 3000 km of road length is under technological upgradation. He said, better road engineering and increased public awareness have brought about improvement. It is estimated, he added, that these up-gradation programs will bring about a 50 percent reduction in road accidents. Shri Gadkari informed us that our objective is to set out to achieve zero road fatalities by 2030.