Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the Centre plans to reduce road accidents by 50 per cent in next five years. He said, the government has earmarked 11 thousand crore rupees for fixing the problem of 726 black spots. Speaking at the All India Regional Editors conference in Jaipur yesterday, Mr Gadkari said that the construction of highways in the country has gone up to 18 kilometers per day and the target is

to increase it to 30 kilometers per day by the end of March.
Mr Gadkari underlined need for using ethanol, bio-diesel, bio-CNG and electric vehicles to check pollution. He said the country will switch to Bharat Stage six emission norms from April, 2020. He announced that a study for alignment and environmental impact has been undertaken for building a navigation canal from Kori Creek, Kutch to Jalore in Rajasthan.

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