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Positions Held

Ministry Tenure
Member of the Indian Parliament for Nagpur 16 May 2014 Present
Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation 4 June 2014 – 9 November 2014
Minister of Rural Development 4 June 2014 – 9 November 2014
Minister of Shipping Incumbent 26 May 2014 Present
Minister of Road Transport and Highways Incumbent 26 May 2014 Present

Personal Details

Date Of Birth 27 May 1957
Place Maharashtra
Political Party Bhartiya Janta Party
Academics M.Com. from University of Nagpur.
L.L.B. from University of Nagpur.

Profile

Nitin Jairam Gadkari  (born 27 May 1957) is an Indian politician and the current Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Government of India.[1] Gadkari earlier served as the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party from 2010-2013.[2] He is also known for the works during his tenure as a Public Works Department Minister in the state of Maharashtra when he constructed a series of roads, highways and flyovers across the state including the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, India’s first six-lane concrete, high-speed, access controlled tolled expressway.

Gadkari became the Minister of Road Transport and Highways in May 2014 ( www.morth.nic.in) . Out of the stalled projects he inherited, projects worth ₹1 trillion (US$14 billion) were terminated and others worth ₹350 billion (US$4.9 billion) were put up for rebidding.[29] He increased the pace of road creation in the country from 2 km/day to 16.5 km/day in his first year and to 21 km/day in the second year.[30] He reserved an amount of one percent of the total projects awarded in his tenure worth ₹2 trillion (US$28 billion) for trees and beautification.[3