“If you want to get rich, you have to build roads first,” goes a Chinese proverb. And Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari is trying his best to ensure that India emulates them.
Development of roads and highways is one of the priority areas for the Narendra Modi-led government. The Road Transport and Highways Ministry has set itself a target to increase the length of national highways to 2 lakh km.
Since 2013-14, there has been a 77 per cent rise in awarding highway contracts and a 38 per cent increase in the construction of roads and highways.
The ministry has certainly increased its daily road construction target to 20 km a day in February 2017 as compared to 16 km a day in 2015-16. However, the recent number is still lower than the targeted 41 km a day. Read More