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Financial constraints plaguing ministry, says CP Joshi

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Dr CP Joshi has blamed lack of funds for his ministry as being the reason for missing the target of awarding 9,500 km highways projects in this fiscal year. The construction rate is the highest during his tenure, said the minister. Joshi said the ministry missed the target of awarding 9,500 km highways projects in this fiscal ending 31 March due to financial constraints, among other issues affecting the ministry. When asked about construction of roads being the affected the most during his tenure, the minister said, ‘We have achieved the highest the most in construction of roads, but as far as the awarding of contract is concerned we could not meet the target because of the economic scenario of the country.’

Millennium Post on 6 March in the report ‘Nagaland highway project’s slow pace raises eyebrows’ had said that ‘the present condition of four highways in Nagaland has created a big problem for this ministry because the deadline for completion is March next year, while only 20% of the work had been done.’

On being asked how the minister plans to address this issue, Joshi said, ‘I am aware about this issue. I know we have problems there. I don’t deny it. Insurgency exists there and there are several other factors as well. The detailed project report is not based on ground realities in the area. We are facing problems there and we do intend to have effective monitoring’.
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