A Union government website has done it again. Close to the heels of using an image of the Spain-Morocco border to represent lighting along the Indian border, comes another blooper. Even with India having a massive road network of 5.4 million kilometres, the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways could not find a picture of an Indian road to use on its parivahan website.


The image used in the ministry website is of the Gardiner expressway from Toronto, Canada. Even though a reverse image search does not lead to this picture, users familiar with the Canadian expressway were surprised to spot it on a Government of India website.

The picture shared by the Twitter users seems to be of the same road as seen from the similar background but it is not identical to the picture used on the ministry website. Alt News tried to verify if it was a picture of the same expressway by using the street view feature of Google Maps. And yes, it is indeed the Gardiner expressway that the Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways has used on the website

gardiner expressway

Additionally, a YouTube video of Gardiner expressway further confirms that the imagery used by the Transport Ministry website is actually from Toronto Canada.

Gardiner Expressway video

On cue, we decided to look up other images that are being used on the Transport Ministry website. It turns out that Gardiner expressway is not the only picture that has been adopted by them.


The picture above that has been used on the Ministry website is of Kyle Canyon Road in Nevada, US. The photograph was taken by Nicola on June 23, 2011, which he posted on his Flickr account. He has described the image as, “State Route 157 (SR 157), also known as Kyle Canyon Road, is a state highway in Clark County, Nevada. The highway connects the Las Vegas area to the recreational areas of Mount Charleston in the Spring Mountains.

Kyle Las Vegas Flickr

The ‘Parivahan’ website is designed, developed and hosted by National Informatics Center (NIC). A Government of India institution, NIC prides itself as the “prime builder” of e-governance applications. Is it too much to ask them not to use images from other countries as representative of India?

In recent times, there have been several such instances where government websites and publications have used pictures from other countries as representative of progress in India. With so much to showcase in India, what is the need to look to other countries for images that can be passed off as Indian?

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11 Comments on "Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways website uses pictures of roadways from US & Canada!"

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What else this Jumla Gang can do. Taking credits from other achievements and making fool of People.
In fact all fools will accept it as Development by these Jumla gang.


OH, i thought MP roads are better than US roads, aren’t they?


Yes, this is the ministers fault. Not that incompetent ‘common man’ webmaster. If drains are blocked, its the PMs fault not mine, i just throw my plastic bags on the road. Why did the PM not pick it up. Hrrummp

syed arish

You don’t realize that any content goes to website with some process not by any individual mistake. Get out of your blind support to defend Jumla.

The process most probably does not involve the PM, or even senior ministers in the Govt, especially seeing how tech savvy one would expect these ministers to be. It is super easy to point fingers especially when it helps blame folks you don’t like. I would rather blame my PM for scams (which the Congress beats the BJP at hands down) than for some random web developer in some department putting up photos he may have found after googling to make the website look good. If it really bothers you, why don’t you reach out to the email contact on… Read more »

You seem to be blind to blatant plagiarism. You normally copy when you have nothing original to potray. Hang your head in shame.


Err, is that for me?


Yes, Yes and traffic jams are also because of the Govt, not the idiots who drive like…well idiots.

And sweetheart, every thing is not about politics and not everyones identity is defined by a political party or that thing where eleven fools chase a red leather ball, and I see on TV.


Readers at altnews clearly have a bias. Any views that don’t align with theirs get downvoted pretty massively.

Go ahead, downvote this too.


I know,….this country is sooo corrupt. Every time I jump a red light with three riders on my bike which i ride without a helmet on the right side and using my phone on my shoulder, the corrupt police ask for a bribe and i HAVE to pay because why should I pay the fine . The bribe is sooo much cheaper Sooo corrupt. There should be a ban on asking bribes when I break the law.

Rakesh Agrawal

Since to acche-din could come for us, here in India, these jokers are importing acchhi roads from Canada!!!!
With warm regards,
Rakesh Agrawal