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India takes the highway to create jobs.

K EEPING in mind the growing demand for employment, esepecially among the youth, the Narendra Modi government has committed to providing jobs to at least 50 lakh people in highways and shipping sectors. The governmnet, for this purpose, plans to undertake massive projects worth `6 lakh crore.

The Union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, informed this on July 9 as he also emphasised how connectivity would be provided between Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka for which Asian Development Bank (ADB) is willing to provide the whopping `22,000 crore funding.

"After meeting the ADB vice-president, the bank showed its willingness to finance the proposed connectivity project," said Gadkari on the sidelines of a conference in Delhi.

There is a missing corridor of 22 km between Rameswaram and Sri Lanka, which is being serviced through a makeshift ferry service. The proposed project will be a combination of bridge and underwater tunnel to allow unrestrained movement of ships. T O spruce up infrastructure, "works worth `5 lakh crore will be done in the roads sector and `1 lakh crore in shipping sector. Employment will also be ensured to 50 lakh youth," said Gadkari after a conference on Highways Equipment. Since last year, both the sectors have started looking up and the Union government has already awarded projects worth `1 lakh crore, said the Minister for Road Transport and Highways.

Besides overhauling these sectors, the government has been trying to improve connectivity with neighbouring nations on a high priority basis.

After signing pacts with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal for seamless flow of traffic, another project to provide connectivity with Sri Lanka is on the anvil, he added.

"We are working on the project and as soon as it is completed, Trans Asia Road and transport network could be extended to Sri Lanka," Gadkari said.

India would soon enter into another landmark motor pact with Myanmar and Thailand by yearend, on the lines of the BBIN signed with three other SAARC nations, the minister added.

Work on $ 8 billion road connectivity projects among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal (BBIN) under the Motor Vehicle Agreement (MVA) will be completed within two years, he said. The BBIN pact was signed last month during Gadkari's visit to Bhutan.

The proposed project will also aim to provide connectivity between Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka

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Date:Jul 10, 2015
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