The government proposes to introduce a Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill in the next session of Parliament to end malpractices in Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the country, union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday.
Amendment Bill is being made, based on the best practices of developed countries like USA, Canada, Singapore, Japan, Germany and the UK. He said, the Motor Vehicles Act has become obsolete and it needs to be changed for ending corruption in RTO offices. He said the transport department will be linked to e-governance for bringing total transparency and easy and hassle-free services to the people.
Addressing the Indian Road Congress meeting, Gadkari said that he had committed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that road transport, shipping and inland waterways will together yield 2 per cent extra to the GDP of the country.
He said that the highways sector is passing through a bad phase and 19 out of 51 road projects had to be dropped for different reasons.
He also lamented that not a single kilometre of highway network could be added in July and pulled up officials and other stake holders to speed up the process to achieve the target of building 30 km of highways per day in the next two years.
Admitting that impediments like land acquisition bill, environmental clearances and defence and Railways land had stalled many projects, the minister said that up to 80 per cent of the projects stuck for environment and forest clearances have been solved and land acquisition process and clearances from Railways and defence are being expedited.
Gadkari urged the Indian Roads Congress to concentrate on research and development and designing as per the global standards. He said, this is the right time for the road sector and there will be no dearth of resources including foreign funding but all should focus on time-bound completion of projects.