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Gadkari sets steep targets, hopes to build 15,000 km roads in FY17

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has set a steep target for awarding and construction on national highways in the current financial year.

“Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has fixed a 2.5 times increase in the target for award and construction of national highways. He has expressed confidence that the pace of development that was established last year will result in even better outcomes during the current year,” Ministry’s official release said.

Gadkari has set a target of 25,000 km of national highways to be awarded in 2016-17 as against the 10,000 km awarded in 2015-16. The construction target has been set at 15,000 km as against the 6,000 km constructed last year.

Of total length of national highways targeted for award, 15,000 km would fall under the target of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and 10,000 km under the target of the Ministry and National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL). NHAI’s target for construction has been fixed at 8,000 km while for the ministry and NHIDCL, the target is 7,000 km. “The completion of construction of 6,000 km marked a year-over-year increase of nearly 36 per cent,” the Ministry release said.
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