By 2022, around 65,000 km highways will be constructed across the country, said our Road Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari in Loksabha on Thursday. He also notified that the entire construction work might cost around Rs 5.35 lakh crore. The announcement of this vast scheme was made by Shri Nitin Gadkari, in the presence of Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The development of a country depends on the arrangement, connectivity and maintenance of its transportation. To maintain the smooth flow of traffic and connect different regions, the construction of new roads is essential. In a Lok Sabha session, the minister informed about the Bharatmala Pariyojna, which is an umbrella scheme to lay down a host of new roads in the nation. The prime aim of this project was to improve road connectivity in the country.
Out of these, 24,800 km highways fall along with economic corridors, border roads, feeder routes, green-field expressways, coastal and port connectivity roads, and international connectivity roads. All these highways, along with 10, 000 km residual National Highway Development Projects stretches have been envisaged for construction under Phase-I of the Pariyojana throughout five years from 2017-18 to 2021-22 for which INR 5,35,000 Crore have been assigned. According to him, 137 road projects are having an overall length of about 6,530 km have been awarded, and many others are in different stages of implementation.
To finish the work in a predefined time-frame, the progress of this scheme will be monitored regularly. The road construction project is planned in such a manner to ensure speedy and timely implementation.
Along with this scheme, he also referred to the 'Chardham' projects connecting Hindu shrines in Uttarakhand, Gadkari. He said that around 1800 crore had been incurred till date for projects under the programme. Although it was planned to finish the Chardham project in March 2020, because of some litigation related to forest and environment clearance in several courts has delayed its work. So, the exact date of competition of the program depends upon the final result of the same.
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