India moving towards toll plaza-free system: Nitin Gadkari

India moving towards toll plaza-free system: Nitin Gadkari Video grab of Bhupendra Chaubey (L) and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: Days before informing Parliament, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari revealed that Centre is planning to do away with all toll plazas across the country, he reasoned that it will smoothen the process of toll collection as well as remove bottlenecks faced due to traffic movement.

Gadkari also discussed how India is using its digital power to build and improve the country’s infrastructure. He added that the Centre is working to boost digitisation in order to increase Internet connectivity, speed and improve online infrastructure.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari affirmed that after FASTags, the Government plans to install GPS systems in all vehicles so that tracking of each vehicle will become possible, and make toll collection seamless while reducing traffic jams on Indian roads. He added that he plans to bring this technology within the next two years.

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Digitised Bharat E-Conclave

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari made these revelations while interacting with India Ahead’s Bhupendra Chaubey during Digitised Bharat E-Conclave. India Ahead held a 3-day conclave with Go Daddy, where political leaders like Nitin Gadkari and Prakash Javadekar, discussed how the Indian Government is pushing forward with its Atmanirbhar Bharat mission.

Government to create Amazon-like platform

During his discussion, he added that the Modi Government is currently in the process to develop an e-commerce website like that of Amazon and Alibaba, which will help promote and later retail in indigenous products. This, according to him, is to ensure that foreign companies do not drain the revenue generated through online commerce away from India.

Gadkari discussed how the pandemic has shaped the Digital India scheme, “We need to understand the art of living with COVID-19,” he said the need to change the way we have been doing business as usual, “We need to understand how to run our trade and businesses in COVID-19.”

Expressing optimism over the effect coronavirus had on Indian MSME sector, he said currently Indian MSME sector contributes roughly 30 per cent to the GDP of the country. But the Centre wants to increase the share by another 10 per cent to 40 per cent. He also said that the exports from the MSME sector which contributes around 40 per cent of the earnings, Centre aims to increase it to 60 per cent. He said that to date, 110 million jobs have been created and despite the pandemic, the government has plans to create 50 million more jobs in the MSME sector.

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