India:NEW DELHI - Road ministry books one hundred thousand tonne cement for 290 government projects


Updated Wed, 15 Apr 2015 17:06:53 GMT

Around one hundred thousand tonne cement has been booked by the roads ministry  for 290 contractors for government projects on the portal launched for procuring cement at cheaper rates last month.

Nitin Gadkari, road transport and highways minister told reporters at the launch of e-magazine of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)。 The cement has been ordered at a rate of INR 120-140 per bag compared to the market rate of INR 350 per bag.

The road ministry has decided to build concrete cement roads in place of traditional bitumen roads on grounds that cement roads are cost-effective and require less maintenance.

Reiterating his stance on the national green tribunal order to ban diesel vehicles older than 10 years in Delhi, Gadkari said his ministry would approach the Supreme Court in this matter and also form a law to regulate these vehicles in the next six months. He added that they agreed with the spirit of the NGT order, but it cannot be implemented in two weeks and they need time to research and make a law about this.

Gadkari also said that he is inching closer to his target of achieving the average road construction of 30 kms a day by May next year.

The road minister also said that by the end of April there would not be any stalled projects remaining in the highway sector. He said that having terminated 44 contracts the government is soon moving the cabinet note to end contracts in another 26 stuck projects.