Mr Gadkari Seeks Alternatives to Steel & Cement for Road Projects
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Mr Gadkari Seeks Alternatives to Steel & Cement for Road Projects

Moneycontrol reported that Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari on February 21 called upon the Indian Road Congress to find

Moneycontrol reported that Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Mr Nitin Gadkari on February 21 called upon the Indian Road Congress to find alternatives to cement and steel in road construction. The minister told a convention organised by the IRC in New Delhi “The prices of both cement and steel are being raised artificially by a sophisticated cartel. Time had come to punish the cartels who were driving up the prices. We need to take some innovative actions to stop them from doing this. I suggest you take steps to reduce the use of cement and steel in road construction. The contractors, government agencies and the poor are being adversely affected due to the exorbitant rise in steel and cement prices.”

Mr Gadkari also claimed that he was recently presented with a plan to use synthetic fibre for road, bridge construction and for repair works by Reliance Industries. He said “It was conveyed to Reliance that a rate contract would be inked before approving their proposed material for use in road construction and repair works. I told them it’s not good that they will increase the price after we give approval.”

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