Govt to award road projects worth Rs 1.27 lakh crore

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New Delhi | Published: August 1, 2015 12:33:01 AM

The government on Friday said it plans to award 13,000 km of highway projects spread across various states entailing investment of Rs 1,26,809 crore in the current fiscal.

The government on Friday said it plans to award 13,000 km of highway projects spread across various states entailing investment of Rs 1,26,809 crore in the current fiscal. It had awarded or sanctioned highway projects worth Rs 45,295 crore last fiscal.

The highest outgo, Rs 71,983 crore, is proposed to be made in developing 5,160 km roads by the National Highways Authority of India followed by Rs 23,885 crore on developing 3,171 km of roads under NHDP-IV A. Under NHDP-IV, the government had envisaged to upgrade about 20,000 km of national highways to two lanes on a public-private partnership basis.

A plan is also there to develop 1,202 km of highways under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for the North Eastern Region at a tentative cost of Rs 13,903 crore, minister of state for road transport and highways Pon Radhakrishnan said in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. In Left wing extremism (LWE)-affected areas, the government plans to award highway projects worth Rs 355 crore for building 237km of roads. “Development of national highways is a continuous process and projects are undertaken on the basis of inter-se priority and availability of funds,” he added.

Among the states, UP is likely to see the maximum highway project award at 589 km to be built at a cost of Rs 3,235 crore followed by Karnataka.

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