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.