Gadkari Approves Increase in Highway Award Target for 2016-17
The target for awarding and construction of highways for next fiscal is set at 20 percent higher than last year.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has increased the target of award and construction for highway projects in fiscal year 2016-17 to 12,000 km, according to a Times of India report.
This is a 20% rise from the target set last fiscal year (2015-16), which is 10,000 km. The total number of projects in that period involved an investment of approximately Rs. 1.5 lakh crore.
There has been an increase of 30% in the pace of highway construction between 2014-15 and 2015-16, from about 12 to just under 16 km/day.
While that’s commendable, it is the same pace of highway building that the policy-paralysed United Progressive Alliance (UPA) achieved in 2012-13, political analyst Amitabh Dubey wrote earlier.
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