During a public address in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, claimed that petrol can be made available at a cost of ₹15 per litre.
He suggested that by blending an average of 60 per cent ethanol and 40 per cent electricity, this can be achieved. Gadkari highlighted that this approach would reduce pollution, curtail imports (worth ₹16 lakh crores), and redirect the money to farmers' households.
Gadkari emphasized the government's vision of transforming farmers into "annadata" (food providers) and "urjadata" (energy providers).
In related news, Gadkari inaugurated and initiated the construction of 11 national highway projects in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, with a combined worth of ₹5,600 crore. This included the inauguration of four national highway projects covering 219 km and costing ₹3,775 crore.
One notable project mentioned was the construction of a four-lane railway overbridge on National Highway 162A at Fatehnagar, aimed at resolving traffic congestion at a railway crossing. Additionally, the inauguration of a high-level bridge on the Chambal river in Mandrayal was announced to enhance connectivity between Mandrayal, Karauli in Rajasthan, and Sabalgarh in Madhya Pradesh.
Furthermore, 74 projects under the Central Roads Fund in Rajasthan, costing ₹2250 crore, received approval during the program. The ministry announced that work on these projects would commence soon.
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