national road: the government is aiming for a construction rate of 50 km/day for NH

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Saturday that the government was aiming for a pace of 50 km per day for the construction of national highways in the country, and expressed hope that the pace of the current fiscal year will be higher than in 2020-21. Addressing the ‘ET Global Business Summit’ virtually, Gadkari said the government is giving highest priority to developing the road network near the border areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. .

“Now we want to go up to (build) 50 km per day (highway),” he said.

The rate of construction of National Highways (NH) in the country reached a record 37 km per day in 2020-21.

The Minister of Road Transport and Roads indicated that he had signed a contract award file this week for the construction of a 1,000 km motorway.

Gadkari said that due to the COVID-induced disruptions, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) have encountered problems.

“But still for this (fiscal) year, until the end of March, we will try to break the highway construction record from the previous fiscal year,” he said.

The Minister indicated, at the same time, that his mission is to reduce logistics costs.

He pointed out that currently, the logistics cost in India is 16%, in China (12%), in the United States (112%) and in European countries, it is 10%.

Comments are closed.