Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari warned non-performing and
non-complying state governments to not expect an increase in budgetary support
from the Centre, unless they improved the implementation of projects.
He made the comments at an event to mark the golden jubilee of the Central
Institute of Road Transport (CIRT) in Pune on September nine.
The Centre is always willing to extend its support to those states which
are trying to improve their transport facilities… public transport in
particular. However, states must not expect any improvement in budgets if they
are unwilling to perform,” said Gadkari.
The tough statement came immediately after the minister repeated his
warning to automobile companies — which were found flouting pollution norms —
saying he would not hesitate to bulldoze their vehicles.
Gadkari also hailed the public transport services offered by southern states
and urged other states to follow suit.
“There are takers for good-quality services, and state transport units must
actively upgrade their systems and services, in order to attract more
passengers. The transformation must be a holistic one, including more bus
stations, better quality of public transport vehicles, and making them
affordable,” he said.
Urging the road transport institute to invest in the study of technology
and fuels of futuristic vehicles, including LNG and methanol, he said methanol
was obtained at Rs 22 per litre. If used as fuel in public transport, it would
not just reduce the costs involved, but could also help curb pollution, said
the Union minister.
There is an abundance of methanol that can be produced in Maharashtra,
Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, given the high production of sugarcane. If scientists
can work on developing an advanced technology in this field, public transport
can be a better and profit-making business,” said Gadkari.
The minister also announced that work on National Highway-4, passing
through Pune, will start in the next three months.