While its ambitious national highway (NH) construction targets have been hard to reach, the NDA government has clearly outdone the previous UPA dispensation when it comes to expanding the country’s national highway network. Four-and-a-half years into its tenure, the NDA has built 33,361-km of highways, a trifle more than what UPA did in the seven years between FY-08 and FY14 (see chart).
Of course, pure-play public private partnership (PPP) ventures, which had come to a grinding halt by the end of the UPA regime, hasn’t picked up even during the NDA regime; but with a higher level of efficiency achieved in government-funded projects and the formulation of concessions-driven hybrid annuity model (HAM) ventures that saw some private investments, the construction pace has gradually improved over the last four-and-a-half years.
The construction target set by the minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari for the last two years has been 40km/day and the target for this year is an even higher 45/day. Read More
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