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Ministry of Road Transport and Highways raises award target for 2016-17

New Delhi, Apr 20 : Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, said on Wednesday that target for award and construction of National Highways for the year 2016-17 has been increased 2.5 times that of 2015-16. Gadkari, who expressed confidence about the pace of development seen in 2015-16, said that he expects an even better outcome in the current year.

The Minister has set a target of 25,000 km of National Highways to be awarded in 2016- 17 as against 10,000 km awarded in 2015-16. The construction target has been set at 15,000 km against the 6000 km constructed last year. Of the 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).

NHAIs target for construction has been fixed at 8000 km while for the Ministry and NHIDCL, the target is 7000 km . During 2015-16, the Ministry of Road Transport Highways, awarded more than 10,000 km. Completion of construction of 6000 km marked a year-over-year increase of nearly 36 per cent.

According to the ministry, the speeding up of road projects was possible due to several policy interventions, including the ministry being empowered to decide mode of delivery, increased threshold for project approval, enhanced inter-ministerial coordination, etc.

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