1. Setback for Nitin Gadkari, highway building at just 30% of target

Setback for Nitin Gadkari, highway building at just 30% of target

Just 30% of the highway construction target for 2016-17 was achieved in the first nine months of the year, reports Surya Sarathi Ray in New Delhi.

By: | New Delhi | Published: January 5, 2017 6:44 AM
Clearly, with private investments (read BOT projects) not gathering steam, the government's efforts to push activity in the sector with the use of its own funds (EPC projects) have brought only moderate results. (PTI) Clearly, with private investments (read BOT projects) not gathering steam, the government’s efforts to push activity in the sector with the use of its own funds (EPC projects) have brought only moderate results. (PTI)

Just 30% of the highway construction target for 2016-17 was achieved in the first nine months of the year, reports Surya Sarathi Ray in New Delhi. When it comes to award of new projects, the accomplishment during April-December was even lower at 27% of the yearly target. That means that pace of highway construction was 17 km a day, a far cry form the 41 km-per-day goal set by the ministry of road transport and highways.

Clearly, with private investments (read BOT projects) not gathering steam, the government’s efforts to push activity in the sector with the use of its own funds (EPC projects) have brought only moderate results.

The construction and award of highways in April-December this year was higher than a year ago by 16% and 7%, respectively, (see chart).With the end of the monsoon, the pace of construction is set to gather momentum in the remaining months, ministry sources said. Admitting that things are far behind the schedule, the sources said at best 10,000-km new highways, two-thirds of the target, could be built this year. New projects awards were unlikely to cross 15,000 km, against the targeted 25,000 km, they said.

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  1. R
    Raging bull
    Jan 9, 2017 at 12:16 am
    17 km is still good better than corrupt congis.they had a high target on purpose to get somewhere closer.look at solar targets and all others like railways freight corridors .its a tough global business climate ...they definitely have high targets and trying their best.good work . Atleast better than coal.2g, cwg, augusta and many other scams..
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