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.

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Union road transport minister, Nitin Gadkari (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

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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