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Gadkari calls for reducing use of steel, cement in road construction without compromising quality

New Delhi, Jul 9: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Friday called for reducing the use of steel and cement in road construction without comprising quality through innovation and research. Addressing the 16th Annual Conference on “Road Development in India” he said, natural fuels like CNG, LNG and ethanol should be used for the road equipment machinery and also emphasized import substitution, cost-effective, pollution-free and indigenous methods and development of alternative fuel. Mr Gadkari said India with about 63 lakh km of the road network is the second largest road network in the world. He said road infrastructure plays a critical role in the growth of the economy as 70 per cent of the goods and nearly 90 per cent of passenger traffic uses roads to commute. He also said that the Prime Minister has set a vision for India…