He emphasised that the construction equipment industry could hope to expect a 40 per cent increase in sales in the near future, as the government is pumping huge amounts of investment in road and other infrastructure projects such as the development of waterways, airports, ports, and smart cities. “But the private sector should focus on bringing down the cost of construction and pollution,” he urged.
The minister further advised the private players in the construction industry to focus on mechanisation, adoption of advanced technologies and global best practices, usage of LNG and bio-fuels, and innovations in using waste materials as raw materials for their construction projects in order to reduce the cost of construction and pollution. He also directed attention towards the Centre’s efforts to boost the roads segment.
“For the road sector alone, the Centre is investing Rs 2 trillion this year. The amount of investment for the next year will increase to Rs 3 trillion,” he said, adding that within the next five years, the total government spend on the road infrastructure will be about Rs 17 trillion.