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Another road link project costing Rs 3,000 crores to connect Mumbai with Ahmedabad

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari announced  10,000 seaplanes would be brought into operation in the country over the next two years and his ministry would put in place Rules and Regulations for operating seaplanes in the country in the next three months.

Maharashtra government should take to new modes of transportation, including inland waterways to avoid pollution and related issues arising out of road transport," the minister said.
The Minister was speaking at the 'bhoomi pujan' ceremony of the new bridge on Versova creek that will connect Mumbai to Ahmedabad. The project is worth Rs 3,000 crore.

"Around 10,000 seaplanes would be brought into the country in the next two years. Within the next three months, rules and regulations would be put in place for (operating) seaplanes. Trials were recently taken in the sea in Mumbai. This will bring a new method of transport,"
Gadkari said.

The shipping minister said the
Maharashtra government should focus on transportation through seaplanes, which will "ensure speed and avoid pollution".
"Waterways should be encouraged in the country. Now, you (Maharashtra government) should concentrate on developing waterways in Mumbai," he said.

Stating that the use of petrol, diesel, ethanol and methanol should be brought down, the Minister announced that the
Delhi-Mumbai highway would be converted into an "electric route" and the task of preparing a detailed project report (DPR) has been given to the department concerned.
"Electric vehicles will run on this highway and it will avoid pollution...Electric double decker buses would be introduced and an MoU has been signed in this regard with the Transport for London just yesterday," the BJP leader said.

The civic bodies should concentrate on electric transport, which will cut the cost of operations and also the fares...The other methods of transport like ropeway, cable car and funicular railway will be encouraged in the future," the minister said.

Stating that the city of Mumbai is growing exponentially, Gadkari said there was a need to introduce an integrated transport system for the metropolis.
"The situation and problems faced by Delhi would soon be faced by Mumbai in terms of pollution and traffic. The MPs, MLAs and ministers should realize the hazards and act accordingly. They should bat for cost-effective and pollution-free public transport system and develop waterways transport to overcome the perennial problems," he said.

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