Rs 5.35 lakh crore to be spent for construction of 65,000 km of highways by 2022: Gadkari - watsupptoday.com
Rs 5.35 lakh crore to be spent for construction of 65,000 km of highways by 2022: Gadkari
Posted 07 Feb 2019 05:27 PM

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The Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari today said that the Bharatmala Pariyojana is an umbrella programme comprising 65,000 km of highways, out of which 24,800 km highways fall along with economic corridors, inter corridors, feeder routes, and border 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 over a period of five years from 2017-18 to 2021-22 for which Rs 5,35,000 crore have been earmarked, he said during the Question Hour.

In order to achieve completion within the time-frame, the progress of projects under Bharatmala Pariyojana is monitored regularly to ensure timely completion of Detailed Project Report or feasibility study and civil works for the projects.

137 road projects having an aggregate length of about 6,530 km have been awarded and are in various stages of implementation, he said.

Referring to the 'Chardham' projects connecting Hindu shrines in Uttarakhand, Gadkari said an expenditure of Rs 1800 crore has been incurred till date for projects under the programme.

Gadkari said, "The target was set to be completed on March 2020. However, the programme has been delayed due to litigation related to forest and environment clearance in various courts (NGT and Supreme Court) and the exact date of completion of the program depends upon the final outcome of the same".

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