"We are jumping red signals, accidents are happening everyday, people are losing their lives. If people will have fear of law, only then will they follow rules," he said.
"What is more important people's lives or money," Gadkari asked, when pointed out the high penalty provisions under the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Earlier, he said, people did not take road safety rules seriously and used to get away by paying a small amount. This attitude won't stop until strict rules are made, the minister added.
"Now people are applying for licences, insurances and purchasing helmets and this would save lives of thousands of people," he said.
During the programme, Gadkari also spoke on various aspects of his life, his childhood, family, politics, his vision for the country. And shared is ideas on his social, innovative projects.
He said people often make fun of his innovative ideas and mock him. Citing an example, he said once he had spoken about collecting 'urine in plastic bags', which, he added, if done on a massive scale, could decrease the load of urea import on the country.
Gadkari also talked about his meeting with a person researching on "gold" coming out of cow dung and human faeces. He did not name the person.
He said a lot changes are taking place today and, "I feel more emphasis should be put on research as such things coming out of research.
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