Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) should have more powers to fast-track road projects while expressing unhappiness over its overall performance. Gadkari said a proposal to enhance NHAI powers has already been sent to the Cabinet for approval.
"We need to move on fast in NHAI. I am not happy with their targets," the Road Transport and Highways Minister said at an event here.
The decision in this regard has been taken to fast-track projects, he said, adding, "We have to strengthen the power of NHAI and the Board...Our proposal is pending and we are expecting that the Cabinet will enhance the power of the NHAI. That will be useful for road construction." Stating that even states PWDs were faring better than NHAI, Gadkari said, "This is not done. I am expecting at least Rs 10,000-crore worth of road construction from the NHAI.
He further said that project delays were due to the "system" as there were so many committees to take decisions and eventually the projects suffer.
"It is because of the system. Everywhere there are committees. You have to go to a particular committee for BOT, then if there is no response then you have to go to another committee for EPC," he said.