Road transport and highway ministry targets 300 NH projects to be completed by March 2019

by March 2019. Of these, about 100 projects are likely to be completed by December 2018.  Addressing media persons in New Delhi, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari informed that he along with MoS Mansukh L Mandavia had held extensive, state-wise review of the ongoing highways projects of 20 states, in Goa recently. The meeting was attended by senior officials of the ministry, NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) NHIDCL (National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd.), the PWD secretaries of respective states, project directors, regional officers, central and state government officials associated with the project and also the concessionaires and contractors.

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Gadkari informed that they reviewed about 427 projects of NHAI and 311 projects of NHIDCL and the road transport ministry covering 20 states over the two-day period. Up to 127 NHAI projects and 153 ministry projects, which were scheduled for completion by June 2019, have now been targeted for expedited completion by March 2019. In addition, there are about 100 projects that are going to be completed by December 2018. The construction target of NHAI for the year 2018-19 has been revised upwards from 5,058 km to 6,000 km and the minister expressed confidence that the organisation would surpass this target. The minister also informed that the projects of Maharashtra and the North Eastern states remain to be reviewed, and the meeting for this will be held soon.

Delay in land acquisition and utility shifting, environment clearance and permission for cutting of trees have been identified as some of the main reasons for delay of highways projects. The minister lauded the performance of states like Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh in sorting out these issues and helping expedite the highways projects. States like Bihar and Odisha need to greatly improve their performance in this regard, he said. Following the Goa review meeting, chief secretaries of all states have been asked to hold monthly review meetings to sort out problems at their ends. Gadkari also said that he will soon hold meetings with the heads of major banks to sort out issues related to flow of funds

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