India has to switch over to concrete roads: Shiela

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Sheila Dikshit
New Delhi, Sep 17: The CII and Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) orgainsed a seminar on Concrete Road Projects: Focusing on City Roads & Technology, here on Thursday, Sep 17.

Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit, who was the guest of honour, said, "India is beginning to realize the importance of building long-lasting roads. We should begin the process of switching over from bituminous to concrete roads. Even if it takes longer it is worth it."

She also invited the industry to join hands with CII and offer a workable solution to build concrete roads in the city of Delhi in a manner that involves minimum disturbance to services.

Rural roads can readily be made with concrete as they do not interfere with civic utilities, she said.

Sumit Banerjee, Chairman, Cement Industry Division of CII & Managing Director, ACC Ltd said, "We believe it is important that the cities of India take a serious look at the new trends and technological advancements of building concrete roads."

He also said, "The Indian cement and construction industry and equipment manufacturers are willing to play a proactive role to collaborate with State Governments for construction of city concrete roads."

The Seminar showcased the road construction successes and experiences of select cities in India including Mumbai, Indore and Surat.

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