The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on Sunday said a record 534 km of national highways was constructed in one week, beginning January 8, 2020. In a statement, the Road ministry said that it has “created a record by constructing 534 km of National Highways (NHs) in the last week commencing 8 January”. The ministry has constructed 8,169 km of NHs from April 2020 to January 15, 2021 in the current FY 2020-21, i.e. with a speed of about 28.16 km per day.
During the same period in the last fiscal, 7,573 km roads were constructed, with a speed of 26.11 km per day. The ministry is optimistic that with such pace it should be able to cross the construction target of 11,000 km by March 31.
The road ministry also awarded NH projects of 7,597 km during April 2020 - January 15, 2021. In 2019-20, projects of 3,474 km were awarded during the same period. Thus, the pace of award has also more than doubled this fiscal. In total, projects of 8,948 km of roads were awarded in 2019-20 while 10,237 km of roads were constructed. The ministry has taken a range of initiatives to increase the rapidity of construction. The pace of construction is expected to boost further in the remaining months of the current financial year, which are conducive for construction activities.