India’s highway construction rate at a new high – 27 km/day
According to the Highway Ministry, highway and road building efforts in India are set to take off at a record-breaking rate of 27-28 kms per day.
Though Nitin Gadkari had earlier announced a target of constructing 30 kms a day by the end of May 2016, this was at only 17 kms, but extensive plans are in place to touch targets and reach over 800 kms in June itself.
While no actual figures were available as on date, each zone had reported good progress. Figures during the month of May 2016 stood at 677 kms / day as compared to 468 kms / day of highway and road building accomplished in April this year. The ministry is hopeful of crossing 800 kms in June thereby allowing them to meet targets of 15,000 kms during the period January to December 2016. This will be over two and half times the pace of highway construction seen when the UPA government was in power.
This record-breaking pace at which roads and highways in India are being built will see a turnaround of not only quantity of roads being built but a strict check will be retained on quality as well.
The ongoing work is being subjected to regular monitoring and work awarded in the past two years have already started to show results. Though the next few months will see staggered construction due to the onset of the rains and the monsoon season ahead, the pace is set to pick up post rains and help the government achieve these targets.
via ET Auto