Expand highways, speed up rail network & reduce turnaround time at ports: Niti to transport sector


Expand highways, speed up rail network & reduce turnaround  time at ports: Niti to transport sector

The government think tank Niti Aayog on Wednesday prescribed a series of measures to improve road, rail, air and waterway connectivity by expanding the networks, faster laying of railway lines and reducing the turnaround time at portsby 2022-23.

In its vision document, the Niti Aayog recommended increasing the length of National Highways from the present 1.3 lakh kilometers to two lakh km in the next five years. It also suggested the need to bring down the share of single lane NHs to less than 10% from the present 26.5%. Currently, about 22.6% of NHs are four-lane or above while 51% are of two lanes and the rest are single or intermediary lanes.

Observing that the budgetary allocation for maintenance of highways is only 40% of the requirement, which is the main reason behind poor upkeep of roads, the government entity has suggested earmarking 10% of the budget meant for the sector for maintenance work. Read More

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