After a change in GDP formula that helped the Narendra Modi government paint a rosier picture of the economy, it has now been decided to adopt new norms for calculating highway construction.
The new norms, which would be in line with “international standards”, would lead to more than a three-fold increase in roads built in a year.
Road transport, highways, shipping, water resources and Ganga rejuvenation minister Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said a record 26.92 km of roads were constructed per day in FY18, which as per international standards is 94.18 lane km.
“We are adopting international norms for highways construction from this financial year. The ministry has so far been calculating construction of national highways in linear length, which means there is no difference between 1 km of two-lane with paved shoulders and 1 km with six-lane and service roads,” Gadkari said. Read More…
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