SME Times News Bureau | 11 Sep, 2020
Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways VK Singh said that the Indian road
infrastructure and road construction industry, including the equipment and
materials, are the biggest ingredient in spurring the economy.
Signh also urged the industry to come up with innovations which the government will
support even at the policy level.
Addressing the valedictory session at 'BITU-CON 2020',
Singh said that by constructing more roads not only we can ensure improvement
in the connectivity but also bring down the travel time and freight cost.
"This sector has a lot of potential and is profitable also.
Things are improving in the economy although it may take some time for
complete recovery. The more we construct the better it is going
to be for the economy," he added.
He also urged the industry to use more innovative solutions to
ensure the construction cost is reduced.
"We have enough expertise, innovative spirit, know-how to
make things better and this sector needs it. Indians have a great ability for
innovation, but we are somehow not coming out with it. Innovation and
experimentation should be encouraged in the industry to bring down the
cost," said Singh.
Cost-cutting, he said should be looked in two ways, one on the
immediate cost cutting and other on life-time cost cutting.
"We should focus on lifetime cost cutting rather than
immediate cost cutting. There is a great scope available. It ensures less road
maintenance, and wear and tear also come down. What we need is to utilize less
thickness of cement by using other methodologies to strengthen the concrete and
put a thin layer of bitumen to get better riding quality,"
He also urged the
industry to adopt pre-slab fabs in which quality is maintained and are
standardized. General Singh suggested the industry to find out ways to expand
the use of bitumen and not just restrict to road construction.