Govt okays ` 40,000-cr road projects, to build 30 km/day

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PBD BUREAU/PTI

NEW DELHI, JUNE 24

I N a bid to fast track high­way con­struc­tion, the Min­istry of Road Trans­port and High­ways has ap­proved over Rs 40,000 crore worth of projects and set an am­bi­tious tar­get of build­ing 30 kms of roads per day.

This an­nounce­ment was made by the Union Road Trans­port and High­ways Min­is­ter Nitin Jairam Gad­kari on Tues­day.

Gad­kari re­viewed over 250 road projects worth about Rs 60,000 crore.

He said these projects were mainly stuck due to rea­sons such as land ac­qui­si­tion and en­v­i­ron- ment and for­est clear­ance is­sues.

These stalled projects would be up and run­ning in the next three months. The min­istry is try­ing to get faster clear­ances, said Gad­kari, who also holds additional charge of min­istries of ship­ping, ru­ral de­vel­op­ment, pan­chay­ati raj and drink­ing wa­ter and san­i­ta­tion.

"Right now the to­tal road con­struc­tion has gone down, it is 3 km per day. Road projects worth about Rs 60,000 crore are stuck mainly due to rea­sons such as land ac­qui­si­tion and en­vi­ron­ment and for­est clear­ances," he said.

The Road Min­istry also ap­proved projects worth over Rs 40,000 crore to be con­structed across the coun­try in the next two-three years.

These in­clude Rs 20,000 crore value high­way projects in Jammu & Kash­mir, Rs 15,000 crore road build­ing projects in the North­east­ern re­gion, Rs 6,000 crore road net­work in Ut­tarak­hand and re­align­ing roads in Hi­machal Pradesh.

"We have ap­proved projects worth Rs 20,000 crore for Jammu & Kash­mir. They in­clude 2lan­ing and 4-lan­ing of Na­tional High­ways in the state some roads projects in Leh and Ladakh," the Min­is­ter told re­porters here.

He said these projects will be com­plete in the com­ing two-and-a-half years and will boost tourism in the state.

The Road Min­istry has an­nounced it will build projects worth Rs 15,000 crore in the coun­try's north-east­ern re­gion com­pris­ing As­sam, Ma­nipur, Megha­laya, Mi­zo­ram, Arunachal Pradesh, Na­ga­land and Tripura.

In Ut­tarak­hand, which faced mas­sive floods last year, the govern­ment has an­nounced it will build a brand new road net­work.

"We will set up a new high­way net­work in the state and will in­vest Rs 6,000 crore for that," he said.

The govern­ment pro­poses to con­struct oneway roads in the hilly state of Hi­machal Pradesh.

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