Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari said that he wants to open a driving training school in every district of the country.
Nitin Gadkari said this while inaugurating 45 highway projects in Madhya Pradesh today. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan presided over the virtual function.
The projects included 1 thousand 361 kilometers of Road, two over bridges and six bridges involving construction value of Rs 11 thousand 427 crore.
Nitin Gadkari said that every year 5 lakh accidents occur in the country taking the lives of 1.5 lakhs people. The highest number of these people is in the age group of 18 to 24 years.
Driving school will not only prevent accidents but as per the wishes of the Prime Minister, skill will also be developed among the youth. This will also fulfill the Prime Minister’s dream of creating a self-sufficient India.
He said that in Madhya Pradesh we are working on projects worth about Rs 1.5 lakh crore. I believe that on completion of all this work, the picture of the state will change.
The inauguration of these projects will create tourism and employment opportunities in Madhya Pradesh. Along with this, the development of entire Madhya Pradesh including backward areas will get more momentum.
The Minister also announced road projects worth more than 7 thousand crore for Madhya Pradesh.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that apart from paving the way for development of Madhya Pradesh, these roads will also enhance better connectivity, convenience and economic growth in and around the State.
He further informed that movement of people and goods to and from the State of Madhya Pradesh is also improving substantially especially with the neighbouring states of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The function was also virtually addressed by Union Ministers Thavarchand Gehlot, Narendra Singh Tomar, Prahlad Singh Patel and Gen (Dr) V K Singh (Retd). MPs and MLAs of concerned areas and senior officers from the Centre and the State also attended the function.