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Transport Ministry in India Offers Highways to lay Optic Fibres, Oil and Gas Pipes

India's 2 lakh kilometers stretched highway has been offered by the transport ministry to be used for laying optic fibers, oil and gas pipeline

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  • To generate revenues, the transport ministry has offered its highways to be used for the laying of optic fibers, gas and oil pipes
  • Indian highway stretches 2 lakh kilometers in length
  • The revenue will be further used by transport ministry for improving the quality of roads

July 19, 2017: The Indian Highway, stretching 2 lakh kilometers in length, have been offered for the laying of optic fibers, oil and gas pipelines by the Transport Ministry.

The transport ministry hopes to generate more revenues with this decision. The revenue will be utilized for improving and maintaining the quality of roads.

Nitin Gadkari announced this decision on behalf of the ministry at INFOCOM 2017. The minister said, “For building and maintaining a competitive edge over the world, there is a need to leverage technology to get the maximum returns from assets.”

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PTI also reports the announcement of computerized processes for driving license. Gadkari, speaking at INFOCOM 2017, said “The fitness of a person for issue driving license will be decided through a computer program with no human interference. This will greatly enhance safety on roads by ensuring that licenses are issued only to deserving drivers.”

The ministry’s initiative of e-tolling, implemented last year, has already made significant contributions to cut down traffic and congestion on Indian highways, observed Nitin Gadkari.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Longer Exposure to Honking Traffic Makes You Obese

For the study, the researchers involved 3,796 adults and examined body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, body fat, central obesity and overweight

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Are you obese or overweight? Blame long term exposure to blaring horns and other noise from road traffic, said researchers.

The study showed that a 10 decibel (dB) increase in mean noise level was associated with a 17 per cent increase in obesity.

“Our analysis shows that people exposed to the highest levels of traffic noise are at greater risk of being obese” said Maria Foraster, lead researcher from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health in Spain.

It could be because noise generates stress and affects our sleep. It alters hormone levels and increases blood pressure.

Moreover, among other effects, sleep disturbance deregulates glucose metabolism and alters the appetite, the researchers explained in the paper published in the journal Environment International.

Long term exposure to honking traffic can make you obese. Flickr

“In the long term, these effects could give rise to chronic physiological alterations, which would explain the proven association between persistent exposure to traffic-related noise and cardiovascular disease or the more recently discovered associations with diabetes and obesity,” Foraster said.

“Our findings suggest that reducing traffic-related noise could also be a way of combating the obesity epidemic,” he noted.

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For the study, the researchers involved 3,796 adults and examined body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, body fat, central obesity and overweight.

They also analysed exposure to noise generated by aircraft and railway traffic and found no significant associations except in the case of long-term exposure to railway noise, which was associated with a higher risk of overweight but not of obesity. (IANS)