Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has unveiled exciting news for commuters between Bengaluru and Chennai. The Bengaluru-Chennai express highway is slated to be inaugurated by the end of this year or in January 2024. Once operational, it promises to dramatically slash travel time between the two bustling metropolises to just two hours.
Luxury Buses and Sleeper Coaches on the Horizon
After a thorough review of the project, Minister Gadkari expressed confidence that the improved road infrastructure would create opportunities for luxury bus and sleeper coach services on this route. The endeavor aligns with the government’s commitment to enhancing road connectivity and transportation options.
A Network of Access-Controlled Highways
Gadkari highlighted the broader vision of improving connectivity across India. He emphasized that the government is diligently working on connecting Delhi to Chennai through a network of access-controlled highways that traverse Surat, Nasik, Ahmednagar, Kurnool, Chennai, Kanyakumari, Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad. This ambitious project aims to streamline travel and boost economic growth.
Electric Buses and Alternative Energy
Addressing the 75th-anniversary celebrations of Ashok Leyland in Chennai, Minister Gadkari acknowledged the growing need for electric buses in the country. He urged the automotive industry, including companies like Ashok Leyland, to produce vehicles that can utilize biofuels and alternative energy sources, such as electric vehicles (EVs). This aligns with the government’s goal of achieving a five-trillion-dollar economy.
Infrastructure Expansion in Progress
As part of ongoing infrastructure expansion efforts, Gadkari also mentioned the development of an electric cable highway between the national capital and Jaipur. These initiatives signify the government’s commitment to improving connectivity, reducing travel time, and promoting sustainable transportation options.
Diversification from Agriculture to Energy and Power
In conclusion, Minister Gadkari shared his long-term vision of diversifying agriculture into the energy and power sector, a goal he has been actively pursuing since 2004. This holistic approach aims to drive economic growth and reduce dependency on traditional sectors.
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