Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Current Affairs - 2019

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurates Delhi-Meerut PKG-3

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the Delhi-Meerut Package-3 connecting Dasna in Ghaziabad to Hapur. It is the most awaited third package of Delhi Meerut expressway.

About Delhi-Meerut Package-3

It is a 22 kilometre-long stretch built with a cost of Rs.1989 crore. The ambitious project boasts several underpasses and construction of a major bridge across upper Ganga canal.

The project will help in decongesting National Capital Region (NCR) and will bring significant reduction in pollution level. It will also lead to reduction in travel time by more than an hour.

The Package 3 has-

  • A 6 lane section with 2 plus 2 lane service road on either sides
  • An important 4.68 long 6 lane elevated cooridor at Pilkhuwa.

This 4.68-km long 6-lane elevated corridor at Pilkhuwa has been conferred Gold Medal for innovation in construction technology. Also, Pilkhuwa Viaduct has also been awarded as outstanding concrete structure of western UP.

The Delhi-Meerut Expressway project

It is 82 kilometre-long Delhi-Meerut Expressway that connects Delhi with Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh.

It is being implemented in four packages-

  1. 7 kilometre-long expressway from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi to UP Gate which was already completed in June 2018 under Phase-I
  2. 28 km long 6-lane expressway/ 8-lane NH 24 from Ghazipur border to Dasna in UP (which is 60% complete)
  3. 23 km long 6-lane NH 24 with 2+2 lane service roads on either sides from Dasna to Hapur in UP (which is inaugurated)
  4. 78 kilometre-long greenfield six-lane expressway from Hapur to Meerut, under Phase-IV which is expected to be completed by end of 2019.

National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage

The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the setting up of National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage and Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant will be the head the steering committee.

Mandate of the Mission

  • The Mission will recommend and drive the strategies for transformative mobility and Phased Manufacturing Programmes for Electric Vehicles and its Components and Batteries.
  • The National Mission on Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage will determine the contours of Phased Manufacturing Program (PMP) which will be launched to localize production across the entire EV value chain.
  • The Mission will finalise the value addition that can be achieved with each phase of localisation with a clear Make in India strategy for the electric vehicle components as well as battery.
  • The Mission will coordinate with key stakeholders in Ministries/ Departments and the states to integrate various initiatives to transform mobility in India.

Impact of the Mission

  • The Mission will boost mobility solutions that will bring in significant benefits to the industry, economy and country.
  • These solutions proposed by the Mission will help improve air quality in cities along with reducing India’s oil import dependence and enhance the uptake of renewable energy and storage solutions.
  • The Mission will lay down the strategy and roadmap which will enable India to leverage upon its size and scale to develop a competitive domestic manufacturing ecosystem for electric mobility.
  • The Mission will promote ‘Ease of Living’ and enhance the quality of life of our citizens and also provide employment opportunities through ‘Make-in-India’ across a range of skillsets.

The other members of the steering committee headed by the Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant are Secretaries from Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Department of Science and Technology, Department of Heavy Industry, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, and Director General, Bureau of Industrial Standards.