NHAI achieves record 3,979 km highways construction in FY20

The highest ever highway construction achieved in a financial year by NHAI

NHAI, Highways construction, Highways development programmes, Bharatmala Pariyojna, 65, 000 km national highways, Reviving stalled projects, Land acquisition, Change of Scope, Extension of Time, Road sector loans, Road Transport and Highways Minister, Nitin Gadkari

The NHAI has achieved record 3,979 km of highways construction in the just concluded fiscal. The feat was achieved on the back of ambitious highways development programmes like Bharatmala Pariyojna.

"This is the highest ever highway construction achieved in a financial year by NHAI," an NHAI official told .

The construction pace has seen a steady growth with 3,380 km construction in the FY 2018-19.

The government has envisaged an ambitious highway development programme -- Bharatmala Pariyojana --which includes development of about 65,000 km national highways.

Under Phase-I of the programme, the government has approved implementation of 34,800 km of national highways projects with a very stiff target of five years with an outlay of Rs 5.35 lakh crore.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been mandated development of about 27,500 km of national highways under Bharatmala Pariyojna Phase-I.

A large number of initiatives had been taken to accelerate the pace of highways construction which included reviving stalled projects, streamlining of land acquisition and acquisition of major portion of land prior to invitation of bids.

Besides the steps included award of projects after adequate project preparation in terms of land acquisition, clearances etc, disposal of cases in respect of Change of Scope (CoS) and Extension of Time (EoT) in a time bound manner and close coordination with other Ministries and State Governments.

In addition, to expedite projects review at various levels and identification/ removal of bottlenecks in project execution was done besides securitisation of road sector loans.

Besides, disputes resolution mechanism has been revamped to avoid delays in completion of projects.

"With the increased pace of highway development, NHAI has achieved construction of 3,979 of national highways in FY 2019-20 and is committed to provide a smooth ride on national highways in the country," the official said.

Earlier, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has undertaken a series of meetings to iron out issues behind delays in highways construction.

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