Fund Hurdles On State Highways

New Delhi, November 27: | Updated: Nov 28 2002, 05:30am hrs
All the proposals for declaration of state roads as national highways have been returned to the respective state governments in June 2002 for a review based on the revised criteria for declaration of new national highways.

Minister of state for road transport Maj Gen (Retd) BC Khanduri said in a written answer that there was a ban on declaration of new national highways due to fund constraints.

The government may, however, consider conversion of very limited lengths of a few state highways as national highways during the Tenth Plan period keeping in view the traffic needs, inter se priority and availability of funds after the ban is lifted.