'All-weather terrain' might be a good description of the country's road system. In 2022, the sector will see additional sections of national highways completed, as well as the granting of several projects and money raises, making it a "better" year than the previous one, despite the pandemic's twists and turns.
Connectivity with isolated and difficult terrains, decongestion of important crossing points, an integrated multi-modal national transportation and logistics network, and moving forwards with the ambitious voluntary car scrappage programme are all on the agenda for 2022.
"We're hopeful that many of the projects that are being bid out, granted this year, and have reached a certain point will be finished next year," Union Road Transport Secretary Giridhar Aramane told the media.
While the epidemic ravaged many sectors at different times over the last almost two years, the road sector faced challenges, but made significant progress in terms of national highway building. According to Aramane, state-owned entities involved in the development of national highways in various states had considerable difficulties owing to the monsoon in August and September.
In the current fiscal year, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) plans to build 40 kilometres of national roadway each day. The goal is greater than the previous high of 37 kilometres per day in the 2019-20 timeframe.