Govt to miss highway target but overtake 2017-18 mark

Govt to miss highway target but overtake 2017-18 mark

The ministry of road transport and highways is likely to miss the target of constructing 45km a day of highways this financial year, set for it by roads minister Nitin Gadkari, although going by the current pace of work, it may still overtake last year’s achievement.

This year, Gadkari set a target of constructing 16,420km of highways; last year, the ministry built 9,829 km of highways. Last year’s target of construction was around 15,000km of highways at a rate of 41km/day while they could achieve only 27km/day.

The current pace of construction from the period of April to October is around 23km a day, according to road ministry officials who asked not to be named. The government had also set a target of awarding works for 20,000km of national highways during the current financial year, which was about 25% more than the 17,055 kilometers awarded during 2017-18. The total length of constructions awarded last year was 2,352km, marginally higher than this year’s 1,999km.

“From April to October, we have been able to construct 4,830km of national highways. This is marginally better than the length constructed last year which was 4,085km with a rate of construction of about 19.5km per day,” the official added. Read More

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