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the Himalayan nation had allowed Nepalese migrant workers and Indian nationals to carry such notes up to Rs 25, "The Prophet, Sleep well! he said,“One hundred and eleven rivers are being converted into waterways Work on five rivers has already started Contracts worth Rs 4000 crore have been given in the case of the Ganga Waterways have been built from Varanasi to Haldia (a distance of 1620 kilometres)” Giving examples of his projects Gadkari said “Work on the Varanasi Haldia and Sahebganj multi-modal hub is on Water ports are being built at 40 places between Varanasi and Haldia Twenty of these water ports are floating and 20 are of concrete The gate in Farakka is being converted into a water gate that will be used for navigation At five places we are starting Roll-on/Roll-off (RO-RO) service Hundred trucks or buses will be ferried on one ship We have started this service in Assam This drastically reduces the travel distance” My skepticism did not wane despite the bombardment of these facts and figures and I said “You see all this sounds too good to believe in the face of the fact that I have been hearing these assertions since 1998 but nothing could be done to make rivers navigable” “I am not talking to you without doing homework” he asserted adding that “In the middle of the river we are maintaining a width of 45 metres and a draft of three metres For this we are using very modern foreign technology with the help of World Bank We will maintain the three-metre draft throughout the year" When asked whether the three-metre draft will be sufficient he explained: “A European company has designed the barge in such a way that instead of 1500-tonne 5000-tonne loads of goods can be transported” When govt ports beat private players At the MIS Gadkari he claimed that his PSU ports and shipyards were running huge profits while private ports were incurring losses “How did you do it” I asked “By improving efficiency” he answered When asked what he did that the private sector didn’t the minister said “One day after taking over as the minister I called chiefs of all ports and shipyards and told them to turn around their projects or face removal within a year And they turned it around” “Across the world the growth rate is 05 percent whereas we have witnessed a growth rate of 46 percent For the first time private ports like that of Adani and others have growth in the negative and we have a growth rate of 16 percent We have proved to be more efficient than the private players” Once again Gadkari delved deep into statistics and threw figures at me He said “In maritime we have till now given out contracts worth Rs 80000 crore This year our profit through 12 major ports and three flagship organisations that include Kochi Shipyard is Rs 6000 crore Through ports we have earned a profit of Rs 4200 crore” Firstpost/Naresh Sharma The road to the future Asked how realistic his rosy projection of the road transport infrastructure is Gadkari said “When I assumed office 403 projects worth Rs 385 lakh crore stood stalled Still there are problems Currently 22 to 23 projects worth Rs 20000 to 25000 crore remain stalled But I have tried to resolve the issue and get the projects started You go anywhere in the country and you will see work being done Ask any Congress person he will say that roads are being built Ask our critics they will also accept that a lot of work is being done” “After becoming minister I had signed a contract for building 18000kilometresof road Now it must have reached 19000 kilometres Rs two lakhcrore in roads and Rs 60000 crore on ports are the investments that we have made till now” he pointed out “But from where will the money for these mind-boggling projects come” I inquired Gadkari seemed prepared for this question “We don’t have a shortage of funds We have a budget of Rs 55000 crore Every year it will increase by Rs 20000 crore The budget for four years will be around Rs three lakh crore Of this I can avail Rs 70000 crore from tax-exempted bonds from the market Toll income is around Rs 10000 crore every year I have a list of 103 projects that we have completed We have to securitise the toll tax of 15 years that accounts for Rs one lakh crore So this is around Rs 5 lakh crore Then there are few projects that can be in public-private partnership (PPP) mode completely Money is not a problem at all” Found encouragement from PM Modi Gadkari’s confidence level indicates that he is given enormous autonomy in his ministry This is in contrast to the impression that most oUnion ministers either work under restraint or try to second-guess Modi “Do you second-guess Modi or ever feel any constraints” In reply Gadkari spokehis mind “I do my work and do not look for appreciation I have never felt any constraints instead found encouragement from the PM and all colleagues” “You see I have never gone to anyone with a biodata or sought any post for myself Whatever I got is more than enough for me” he added Firstpost/Naresh Sharma The plan for Delhi When asked for his thoughts about the odd-even formula of the Delhi government Gadkari said “Don’t drag me into this I will not comment” However he explained his own vision of Delhi in the future and said “Let me tell you that we are spreading a maze of roads around the NCR to divert traffic from Delhi and shortly you will find roads in Delhi with smooth traffic flow” he said adding that there is a slew of projects of elevated roads that have been commissioned in Delhi “Unfortunately we have consistently ignored even fundamental problems of traffic management in Delhi” he said And outsider makes Delhi his home Gadkari’s tryst with Delhi was never smooth When he came over to the National Capital as BJP president he was quite averse to staying here and was uncomfortable with its political cabal “Yes I was not enamoured of Delhi and wanted to stay in Maharashtra” he admitted “Have you started liking Delhi now” “Now staying in the city is my destiny and I like it very much” he replied He ruled out the possibility of going back to Maharashtra At the end of the conversation Gadkari literally conjured up an image of an India which is incredibly modern and advanced in infrastructure “Will it fructify” Gadkari assured me that it would not be long before we cantest the veracity of his claims Firstpost/Naresh Sharma imagine boarding a luxury boat in Delhi on the banks of the Yamuna and alighting at the Taj Mahal in Agra. after a gap of a year-and-a-half. download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: June 30, "Xi’s move further solidifies his image as a strong and confident leader. 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