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Union Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Jitendra Singh said India now has world-class local technology for road and highway construction. However, according to him, many sectoral ministries are not fully acquainted with the technologies offered in their sector, so he initiated a process where researchers from different fields sit separately with representatives of each sectoral ministry to explain. how to make the best use of available technologies.

The Minister spoke about a program to provide the public with two state-of-the-art value-added facilities for road construction and motorways developed by the CSIR Union Ministry of Science and Technology.

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari and State Minister for Road Transport and Highways VK Singh attended the official presentation of the Cum Paver mobile cold mixer for bituminous emulsion and Patch Fill Machine pit repair. road.

Dr Jitendra Singh said the growing application of science and technology in the road transport and highways sector provides significant added value to India’s development journey. He said that 25 years after India celebrates its 100th anniversary, the role of highways in occupying India as a leading country in the world will be written in gold letters. To substantiate the claim, the minister quoted former US President John F. Kennedy as once saying, “America’s roads are not good because America is rich, but America is rich because America’s roads are good.”

The minister said the use of affordable, sustainable and recyclable technologies in the road and highway sector is rapidly creating a network of arteries in India. He said India was taking the lead and marching fast to overtake many developing countries in cutting-edge technology, and reiterated that India’s rise in the coming decades would be driven by science, technology and innovation.

Jitendra Singh said that these are great examples of Atmanirbhar Bharat. ”Because both equipment is completely made locally. The minister said the cold mixer and filling machine will play an important role in the construction of roads and highways in the hilly states of India, especially in the north-eastern region.

He said the CSIR is known for its cutting-edge R&D knowledge base in a variety of science and technology fields and without collaboration with CRRI in the road and road transport sector, MORTH and other CSIR laboratories can join better technology interventions in a variety of other sectors, e.g. Tunneling, alternative fuels, electronics (RFID tags, etc.), hydrocarbon road surfactants, as well as geopolymers, roadside plantations, environmental impact studies, machinery and equipment, etc. The Minister added that the main CSIR-CRRI R&D programs cover the full spectrum of road and road transport, including bridges, road safety, the road environment and more.

Speaking about the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to equate the underdeveloped regions of the country with the developed ones, dr. Jitendra Singh said that since 2014. special attention is paid to the Northeast region, hilly states and other lagging regions. development. He said the vast network of railways and roads built in the Northeast states over the past 7-8 years has brought positive socio-economic change to the region. The Minister also praised Shri Nitin Gadkari for sanctioning and completing 3 new national highways and a highway corridor in Jammu and Kashmir for better communications and economic prosperity.

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