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New Delhi : Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari on July 14, 2017,  said that Information Technology holds the key to providing transparent and effective governance in the country.  Gadkari was speaking at INFOCOM 2017 organized by ABP Group and Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises in New Delhi.

Commending on the role played by Indian engineers and software experts worldwide, Gadkari said that if we wish to build and maintain a competitive edge over the world, we need to leverage technology to get the maximum returns from our assets. He said the Road Transport & Highways Ministry has around 2 lakh km of highways, and he has offered the use of this entire stretch for laying optic fibre and oil and gas pipes. This, he said, could earn the Ministry some revenue that can be further utilized for constructing and maintaining roads, according a PIB release.

Speaking about the road transport sector, Gadkari said that very soon the issue of driving licences will be entirely computerised . The fitness of a person for getting driving licence will be decided through a computer programme with no human interference. This will greatly enhance safety on roads by ensuring that licences are issued only to deserving drivers, according to the PIB release.

Gadkari said that E-tolling rolled out by his Ministry last year has helped cut down the traffic congestion at toll plazas on the National Highways. Trucks and other vehicles bearing FASTags are not required to stop at the toll gates, as the toll gets paid electronically through these RFID tags. The minister said efforts are being made to get more and more vehicles to use FASTags. Soon these will be available with vehicle dealers and new vehicles will come with the tags already attached.

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