New Delhi, 25 June-2014, PTI: In a bid to fast-track highway construction, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has approved over Rs 40,000 crore worth of projects and set an ambitious target of building 30 kilometres of roads per day.
This announcement was made by the Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari on Tuesday. He reviewed over 250 road projects worth about Rs 60,000 crore.
He said these projects were mainly stuck due to reasons such as land acquisition and environment and forest clearance issues.
These stalled projects would be up and running in the next three months. The ministry is trying to get faster clearances, said Mr Gadkari, who also holds additional charge of the ministries of shipping, rural development, ‘panchayati’ raj, and drinking water and sanitation.
“Right now the total road construction has gone down, it is 3 km per day. Road projects worth about Rs 60,000 crore are stuck mainly due to reasons such as land acquisition and environment and forest clearances,” he said.
The Road Ministry gave nod to projects worth over Rs 40,000 crore to be constructed across the country in the next two-three years.
These include Rs 20,000-crore value highway projects in Jammu & Kashmir, Rs 15,000-crore road building projects in the Northeastern region, Rs 6,000-crore road network in Uttarakhand and realigning roads in Himachal Pradesh.
“We have approved projects worth Rs 20,000 crore for Jammu & Kashmir. They include 2-laning and 4-laning of National Highways in the state some roads projects in Leh and Ladakh,” the minister told reporters in Delhi.
He said these projects will be complete in the coming two-and-a-half years and will boost tourism in the state.
The Road Ministry has announced it will build projects worth Rs 15,000 crore in the country’s north-eastern region comprising Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Tripura.
In Uttarakhand, which faced massive floods last year, the government has announced it will build a brand new road network.
“We will set up a new highway network in the state and will invest Rs 6,000 crore for that,” he said.
The government proposes to construct one-way roads in the hilly state of Himachal Pradesh.