As the Centre gears up for the election year, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) has increased its national highway construction target to 45 kilometre per day, even though it failed to meet its earlier set target of 41 km daily.
As per the figures shared by MoRTH, during last fiscal, the ministry constructed an average of 27 km (26.92 km) of National Highways daily, the highest ever achieved by the ministry. In 2016-17, it was 22.74 km as against 16.62 the year before (2015-16).
“It is an election year, the government will try to push for as many projects as possible. By setting 45 km per day target, even if it closes in on the target figure and fails to achieve, it wants to try to showcase that in a short span of five years, the quantum of development works they did was done in a couple of decades by the previous regime,” said a Delhi-based analyst. Read More