Addressing the gathering at a 4-day event, Mr Gadkari, also known as Highway Man of India, called upon the different stakeholders of the construction industry to unlock business opportunities and accorded highest priority to the infrastructure industry.
Stressing on Make in India and Atmanirbhar Bharat, Mr Gadkari emphasised on the need of reducing import of components.
He also called upon the construction industry stakeholders to form Joint Ventures (JVs) with international companies for technologies and innovations.
While making pitch for clean fuel, Mr Gadkari urged equipment manufacturers to focus more on alternative fuel such as green hydrogen, biofuel, bio-bitumen. Mr Gadkari emphasised on precast technology to reduce cost of construction and asked the stakeholders to upgrade technology as huge potential is lying ahead in the road construction sector.
The Road and Transport minister said mechanisation plays an important role in the construction industry and one should look for economic viability and availability of raw materials.
He also highlighted on the issue of skilled manpower and emphasised on the need to arrange workshop for trainers/operators. Talking about reducing road accidents in India, he stressed on AC cabins for drivers.
The occasion was graced by several dignitaries including baumaCONEXPO India Taskforce Chairman Sh Arvind Garg, baumaCONEXPO CEO Bhupinder Singh, iCEMA president and Managing Director Dimitrov Krishnan, BAI president Sh Niimesh Patel.