Gadkari came down heavily on social organizations and NGOs, saying they were a hurdle to development. “There are microscopic minorities that stop ongoing works and get excessive coverage in the media. With such a mentality, how can we get investments and move forward?” he asked. He claimed that power, mining and infrastructure projects were pending because of non-clearance from the forest and environment departments. He said major road projects were also pending because land acquisition had become a tedious procedure.

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Coutesy: TOI