In May, traffic on some of these highway stretches was limping back at 30 per cent to 50 per cent of the usual traffic seen before the Covid-19 hit.
Gadkari said the industry should look at PPP and adopt an integrated approach for developing new models of transportation.
Gadkari added, “There is a need to decongest metro cities and create industrial clusters as well as smart cities. To decrease migration of the rural population to urban areas, there is a need to uplift the agriculture sector, tribal and village population.”
The other reason for relying more on private participation, he pointed out, is the current financial situation of the government. The minister said that neither state governments nor the central government can afford to pump in huge money at this point.
He added the government will play the role of a facilitator and support the private sector in its initiatives for developing sustainable transportation system.
The industry should consider various aspects of a sustainable transportation system, which comprises low-carbon fuels, electric vehicles and water transportation. There should be conversion of diesel vehicles to LNG and CNG as well as use of ethanol, methanol and hydrogen fuels for vehicles.
The industry should then reach out to the concerned state governments and ministries and suggest changes in policies for developing economically viable projects, the minister said at a FICCI webinar.