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ET GBS: Nitin Gadkari hopeful of pushing Road Safety Bill in next Parliament session

'Meanwhile, we have decided to form the Road Safety Authority and hope to get Cabinet approval for the same in a month's time,' he added.

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Last Updated: Jan 30, 2016, 01.27 PM IST
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'Meanwhile, we have decided to form the Road Safety Authority and hope to get Cabinet approval for the same in a month's time,' he added.
'Meanwhile, we have decided to form the Road Safety Authority and hope to get Cabinet approval for the same in a month's time,' he added.
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NEW DELHI: Despite stiff political hurdles, Nitin Gadkari-led Road and Highway Ministry hopes to soon push the long pending Road Safety Bill in the upcoming Parliament session.

"Subject is in the concurrent list so we need support from states. Though we are facing political problems we will try to pursue this bill in next Parliament session," Gadkari said, adding that talks are on with chief ministers of all states. Gadkari was speaking at the Economic Times Global Business Summit.

"Meanwhile, we have decided to form the Road Safety Authority and hope to get Cabinet approval for the same in a month's time," he added.

Upbeat about the pick up in road construction under his leadership, Gadkari said his ministry will achieve the set targets much in advance.

"We had set a target of awarding road contracts worth Rs 5 lakh crore in five years but with a time bound approach and a transparent and corruption free system we hope to achieve this in three years," Gadkari said. The road and highways ministry has already finalised national highway contracts worth Rs 1.5 lakh crore.

Gadkari is optimistic that with the current approach his ministry will clear away the pending 14-15 stick projects worth Rs 25000 to Rs 30000 crore in next 15 days, thus paving way for all sector related projects to move ahead after being stuck at various stages for a long time.

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