Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari today said that the government awarded about 16,800 kms of roads to be built in last fiscal which was kind of a ‘world record’ of sorts, a PTI report said. He also claimed that giant steps are underway to build infrastructure in the country as the government was planning to implement projects worth Rs 25 lakh crore, out of which Rs 6.5 lakh crore has already been awarded.
Speaking at the India Today Editors Roundtable in the national capital, the minister added that a project worth Rs 12,000 crore is underway for development of 900 km of National Highways in Uttarakhand to improve connectivity to the Char Dham pilgrimage centres — Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri in the Himalayas, the news agency report said.
Apart from this, the Himalayan rocks are also in process of being cut so as to make a pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar much easier for millions of faithful in the country, he further said. “Air Force, BRO and Defence are working on the project. The helipad has been constructed there for MI 26 helicopters,” the minister was quoted to have said by PTI.
Gadkari said that extensive work is in progress for the development of waterways, stressing that Rs 4,000 crore work is being done to develop Varanasi-Haldia stretch of the Ganges where three multimodal hubs are under construction.
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Speaking about the rising congestion on Indian roads, he added that even while the automobile sectors in India is growing at a faster rate of 22 percent, the government is also working on ways to ease traffic.
The minister, in reply to a query, was quoted as saying by PTI, “land acquisition is not a problem as farmers and people are coming in large numbers to offer their land for projects after enhanced compensations.” he also said that no projects is being awarded before completion 80 percent land acquisition.