NH construction, widening falls short of govt’s target | India News

New Delhi: Construction and widening of National Highway was about 10,500 km in 2022-23, 16% short of the government’s target of 12,500 km. Officials said prolonged spell of rain and unseasonal rain affected construction activities.
however, highway agencies Crossed its target of awarding projects achieving the mark of 11,500 km. Bidding was done for major projects in the last two months. Sources said “certified data” on construction and project disbursements would be released next week.
So far, the highest construction and expansion of NHs was in 2020-21, when the government covered 36.5 km per day and 13,327 km.
The government has allocated Rs 2.7 lakh crore, the highest ever, to the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for 2023-24. Sources said the government has decided to focus more on completing ongoing highway projects during this year. There will be a lot of emphasis on completing the pending works by March 2024.
Highway development, railway projects and new trains are the most concrete tasks for any government in power. In fact, the Railways is also focusing on running more modern trains and undertaking station redevelopment and upgradation projects.
Sources said that in a presentation before the Council of Ministers headed by PM Modi recently, the Department of Industrial Promotion (DPIIT) detailed which projects can be completed in the next one year. Lok Sabha elections are due early next year.
TOI has learned that DPIIT had given details about possible delay in completion of ongoing projects. Sources said these delays are being monitored and the projects have been color coded as red, amber and green.

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