Nitin Gadkari (PTI photo)
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has constructed 13,394 km of highways in the financial year 2020-21.
Construction of 13,394 km of highway in FY 2020-21
He said that despite the Kovid-19 epidemic, this achievement is remarkable. The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has constructed 13,394 km of highways in the financial year 2020-21. Gadkari said, “There has been a lot of progress in the construction of National Highways across the country. We have achieved the speed of 37 km long highway construction in one day. These achievements are unprecedented and have no commonality in any other country of the world. ”
In 7 years, the length of NH increased from 91,287 km to 1,37,625 kmHe said that in the last 7 years, the length of the National Highway has increased by 50 percent from 91,287 km (as of April 2014) to 1,37,625 km (as on March 20, 2021). The minister said, “The cumulative cost of ongoing project works has increased by 54 per cent by the end of FY 2020-21 as compared to FY 2019-20 (as on 31 March)”.
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The budgetary cost for FY 2022 has increased by 5.5 times to Rs 1,83,101 crore as compared to the total budgetary outlay of Rs 33,414 crore in FY 2015. The minister said that when he took charge of the Ministry of Highways, there were 406 stalled projects, in which an investment of Rs 3.85 lakh crore was required. He said that due to various measures, it helped to save Indian banks from the NPA of three lakh crore rupees.
34,800 km highway to be built in Bharatmala project
Gadkari took a massive initiative to accelerate the pace of highway construction, including resolving deadlock and ending projects worth Rs 40,000 crore, resulting in faster road construction. The government wants to build 34,800 km of highways under the ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojna at a cost of about Rs 5.35 lakh crore.