Huge potential for tunnelling: Gadkari

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said there is huge potential for tunnelling in India and called for transparent, time-bound, result-oriented and corruption free system. Mr Gadkari while addressing the first International conference on Tunnel Construction focusing on emerging trends and opportunities, organised by FICCI, emphasised on the need for liberal technical and financial qualifications.

"Cost of construction needs to come down without compromising on quality", added Gadkari and said as of now there are 1641 tunneling projects spanning 3445 km, and are in various stages of development. Tunneling is heading for better times. He also urges eminent speakers and experts of the industry to focus on the accuracy of DPR's. The Minister also highlighted the need for Geology best-oriented software development and called for 'atmanirbhar' Bharat in Tunneling to reduce the cost of capital.

The Conference was graced by several dignitaries from the Tunneling sector and highlighted the role of new technologies (IoT, survey sensors, drones) in tunneling for increased efficiency and the advancements in TBM's. The forum also called for safety of the workers and training and capacity building for skilled machine operations.
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