HYDERABAD: An image of Union minister Nitin Gadkari along with a link to an alleged news article by 'Loksatta' is viral on social media. The article's title upon translation reads, "Alternative to a fuel price hike, all roads in the country will be made downhill".
The image claims that Gadkari has suggested a construction of downhill roads as an alternative to the fuel price hike.
The claim is false.
NewsMeter checked for media reports that would support the claim of Gadkari claim. However, we found none.
Secondly, NewsMeter also searched for the article by Marathi newspaper 'Loksatta' but found no such article. A tweet was posted by Loksatta clarified that "such news was not published by Loksatta."
Vishvas News had reached out to ANI correspondent of Nagpur Saurabh Joshi, who confirmed that the Union minister had made no such statement. He also said that he did not say this even during his online or offline events.
News related to Gadkari is about flex-fuel engines that the government is yet to make a decision on. Gadkari suggested increasing the production of ethanol as people are facing problems due to a rise in the prices of petrol and diesel. (Source: Live Mint, Hindustan Times). Apart from this, no other news has been reported by other media organizations.
Clearly, the claim that Gadkari suggested construction of downhill roads as an alternative to the fuel price hike is false.