1. Narendra Modi govt awards 599 NH projects worth over Rs 1 lakh crore

Narendra Modi govt awards 599 NH projects worth over Rs 1 lakh crore

As many as 599 highways projects have been sanctioned and about 12,903 km of national highways have been awarded entailing estimated expenditure of Rs 1.08 lakh crore under the present government.

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 7, 2015 9:25 PM
Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said "During the present government, 599 new projects were sanctioned and about 12,903 km length of national highways were awarded for which likely expenditure will be to the tune of Rs 1,08,483 crore". (Express Photo)

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said “During the present government, 599 new projects were sanctioned and about 12,903 km length of national highways were awarded for which likely expenditure will be to the tune of Rs 1,08,483 crore”. (Express Photo)

As many as 599 highways projects have been sanctioned and about 12,903 km of national highways have been awarded entailing estimated expenditure of Rs 1.08 lakh crore under the present government.

Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha today, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said “During the present government, 599 new projects were sanctioned and about 12,903 km length of national highways were awarded for which likely expenditure will be to the tune of Rs 1,08,483 crore”.

Regular meetings of infrastructure committee, he said, are being conducted for clearing bottlenecks related to land acquisition, utility shifting, non-availability of soil/ aggregate, environment/forest/wild life clearances and others.

“Apart from this, regular review meetings are held with project developers, state governments and contractors in head quarter by the implementing agencies to make the construction of projects hassle free,” Gadkari said.

In another reply to the House, the minister said that the pace of construction and repair of highways is more than 16 km per day which is comparable with the past.

“At present, about 1,050 numbers of development projects are on-going for improvement/construction covering a length of 31,944 km of various National Highways in the country out of 98,973 km of total length of National Highways in the country,” he said.

The remaining length of National Highways, he said, are being repaired and maintained in the traffic worthy condition subject to availability of funds and inter-se priority.

  1. himanshu kalpana
    Dec 7, 2015 at 8:55 pm
    Lakhs of crores of new projects sound good. But we all know how much corruption we have in these projects and 20-30% or more money goes into few corrupt pockets of politicians/bureacrats/businessmen. Few honest officers who tried to expose these corruption in construction projects have been killed in the past. What is Govt doing to punish corruption from past and send a lesson that no corruption will be tolerated? It will save loads of money and motivate new generation to lead a honest life. Similarly, corruption in education/hospitals should be tackled. Though before election Modi ji said UPA is too corrupt, but he is not punishing corrupt and not showing any measures to create fear among corrupt. Any Govt office you go anywhere in India, you have to give bribe. If not w India, Modi ji should at least remove bribery and corruption from ONE district in 1-2-3 years.
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