The central Govt to cover national highways length to 1.5 lakh km by December,2015

Highlights:

  • The government is committed to adding about 50,000 km of national highways by the year end to take their length to 1.5 lakh km to "transform the face of India's infrastructure.
  • Along with 10,000 km of highways would be widened to four lanes from two lanes in two years.
  • The work on the government's ambitious Rs 4,000-crore 'Metrino' public transport project, which will enable people to travel in driverless pods suspended to a ropeway in the national capital region, will start in a month.
  • the Metrino project that will connect the 70-km stretch from Dhaula Kuan to Manesar in Haryana has been given.
  • The cost of Metrino comes to barely Rs 50 crore a km compared with Rs 350 crore a km for the metro.
  • An eco-friendly measure, ISRO in collaboration with the Road Ministry is developing cost-effective lithium-ion batteries that will power electric buses in Delhi.
  • The government has plans to run at least 15 electric buses driven by economically viable battery technology within six months.
  • Providing safe, efficient, cost-effective and faster transport across the country is the government's mission and 2,000 centres would be outsourced across India for driving licences.