India building highways at 32.85 km a day

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that highway building has achieved a new feat, with the construction touching record 30 km a day.

The feat could be achieved after the construction of 11,035 kilometres of national highways this fiscal so far, Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Minister Nitin Gadkari said while talking to reporters here.

“We have built 11,035 km of highways till date this year. This comes to 32.85 km a day of highway building, which is a record,” Gadkari was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

The minister also said that by 31 March, it may reach 40 km a day.

Gadkari said massive initatives to resolve the deadlocks and accelerate the pace of highway building, including termination of projects worth Rs 40,000 crore, resulted in fast-tracking of the road building. “Now, the ministry is targeting 40 km a day by March-end, given the pace of execution,” he added.

The government envisages building 34,800 km of highways at a cost of about Rs 5.35 lakh crore under the ambitious Bharatmala Pariyojna.

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