Monitoring groups set up for work progress

The Road Transport and Highways Ministry (MoRTH) has set a target of awarding works for around 20,000 kilometres length of National Highways during the current year 2018-19.

This is about 25% more than the 17,055 km awarded during 2017-18, of which, 8,652 km were awarded by the Ministry, 7,397 km by NHAI and 1,006 km by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL), said Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.

The construction targets for 2018-19 have been set at 16,420 km, of which 9,700 km will be constructed by MoRTH, 6,000 km by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and 720 km by NHIDCL.

In 2017-18, 9,829 km of National Highways were constructed. Per day construction target has been set at 45 km for the current year, up from last year’s about 27 km.

Focus would also be on Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) of all the “Ïn Principle” declared National Highways, said Gadkari who reviewed status of projects on 17 April 2018.

NHAI has created a project monitoring group while a similar group is being created in the ministry for work progress.

The Minister wants the year targets divided into Quarterly Targets so that there is no pressure on completing projects as per target as the end of the year. fii-news.com

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