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Jan 04, 2020

2019 for Road Transport & Highways Ministry: a year for consolidating gains

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The year 2019 for Road Transport and Highways Ministry was a year for consolidating the gains that accrued from major policy decisions taken in the previous five years.

During 2018-19, projects in about 5,494 kms length were awarded and completion was achieved in about 10,855 kms length of roads.

AIR correspondent takes a look at the major initiatives taken by the Ministry.

The rate of development of roads per day has increased significantly from about 11.7 kilometres during 2013-14 to about 30 kilometres at present.

During the past year, projects for 3211 kilometre length have been awarded and 5958 kilometre length has been constructed till November.

The Ministry took various steps to make highways safe for the commuters and made best efforts to minimize adverse impact on the environment.

As a result, National Highways' length has increased from over 91 thousand kilometres  in April, 2014 to about 1 lakh 32 thousand kilometers as on 31st December last year.

The Ministry proposes to develop additional 60 thousand kilometres of National Highways in the next five years, of which 2500 kilometres are Express Ways.

With a view to augmenting sources of funding for National Highways projects, the NHAI intends to raise one lakh crore  rupees through Toll-Operate-Transfer Model of asset monetization in the next five years.

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