NHAI approved plan to award 23,744 km in 2010-11
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has completed construction of National Highways for a length of 5038 km i.e. 13.80 km per day during 2009-2010, the Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Kamal Nath said while replying to a question in the Parliament.
In order to meet the target of constructing 20 km of Highways per day, Nath said, it is essential that at any given point of time approximately 20,000 km of works is under way. “To achieve this target, the Government has approved a plan for award of contracts for 23,744 km up to 2010-2011 under Work Plan-I and Work Plan-II. So far, works in a total length of 9030 km have been awarded,” he informed the Parliament.
He said that the Planning Commission has not proposed any review of targets on account of resource constraints.
He also mentioned that there are several constraints being faced in accelerating road construction including land acquisition, shifting of utilities, environment and forest clearance, approval for Road Over Bridges as well as shortage of skilled / semi-skilled manpower & economic slowdown. “In order to revamp National Highways Development Projects and expedite award of projects, the Government has implemented the recommendations of BK Chaturvedi Committee report wherein a number of measures suggested relating to changes in bidding process, documentation, mode of delivery, revised financing plans etc. These measures are expected to generate increased investor’s interest,” he added.
In order to expedite implementation of projects, regional offices have been set up by NHAI headed by Chief General Managers. He informed that powers have been delegated to the Chief General Managers who will monitor land acquisition matters as well as implementation of projects. “Special land acquisition units are also set up to expedite land acquisition. State Governments have been requested to appoint Chief Secretaries as Nodal officers to expedite NHDP projects by removing bottlenecks if any. Projects are also closely and periodically reviewed at Head Quarter as well as field units,” Nath added.