Nitin Gadkari’s Highway Jumla: A Fact-Check on Road Construction
Union road transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, claims that the pace of highway construction has increased by almost ten times under his watch.  (Photo: The Quint)
Union road transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, claims that the pace of highway construction has increased by almost ten times under his watch. (Photo: The Quint)

Nitin Gadkari’s Highway Jumla: A Fact-Check on Road Construction

Roads and Shipping Minister, Nitin Gadkari, likes to present himself as the single-handed builder of the Indian highways. He has repeatedly claimed – most recently at the 2016 India Today Conclave – that the pace of highway construction has increased by close to ten times under his watch:

This would be brag-worthy if it were true, but it isn’t. Check the table below:

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.

Mr Gadkari has a penchant – like others in his government – for exaggeration. Perhaps he should hold the boasts for when the pace of highway construction actually exceeds the (did I mention demotivated and paralysed?) UPA’s.

(The writer is a political analyst)

The article appeared originally here as a blog on chunauti.org.

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