Govt to set road building record, cross 27 kms per day mark

By: | Updated: June 29, 2016 2:27 PM

With infrastructure in India a dire need to get the economy humming at a rate closer to the double-digit mark, the NDA government kick-started its efforts...

Union Highway minister Nitin Gadkari had set a target of 30 km per day which was supposed to have been achieved in May itself. (Reuters)Union Highway minister Nitin Gadkari had set a target of 30 km per day which was supposed to have been achieved in May itself. (Reuters)

With infrastructure in India a dire need to get the economy humming at a rate closer to the double-digit mark, the NDA government kick-started its efforts for a quick and lasting solution when it came to power over 2 years ago. Amongst the foremost efforts in this overarching area has been in highways and road building.

According to the government, the work is going on apace to meet targets and more than that it is even eyeing setting records. According to the highways ministry road-building in India will touch a record high of 27-28 kms per day in this month itself.

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In a report in ToI, an official has said that the ministry is likely to cross the 800 km mark in June. This will be a substantial jump from the May figure which was 677 km. Having said that, the 800 km mark is very much achievable as in April the total was just 468 km and growth since then has been substantial. The overall target for the ministry is 15,000 km in the year.

Union Highway minister Nitin Gadkari had set a target of 30 km per day which was supposed to have been achieved in May itself.

With the minister himself adding pressure to ramp-up the pace of activity, the ministry has increased its monitoring mechanism to ensure slackers are goaded to improve pace while any other bottlenecks are sought to be cleared apace. This has led to a situation where projects that have been stuck for a while are sorted out and work on them begins again.

According to the ToI report, due to these efforts work has begun, or is about to begin, on some 40,000 kms of roads.

However, the effort may run into rough weather and even be hampered to an extent since the monsoon season has started and there will be problems of water-logging and other related disturbances. The best months for road-building are April, May and June and in months following the rains.

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