Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Year Ender 2020: Rapid progress in road infrastructure

The News Services Division brings glimpses of “The Year that was” in our Special Series Year Ender. Today it is Connecting India beyond miles. Government’s plan  to spend more than 110 Lakh Crore rupees on infrastructure in the coming 4 to 5 years is showing its colours on the field. Out of this, more than 19 lakh crore rupees are allocated for the development of Highways alone.

Speaking after laying the foundation stone of nine highway projects in Bihar on 21st September this year, Prime Minister Narendra  Modi said, today, highways are being built at twice the speed than before 2014.

Our correspondent takes a closer look at the rapid progress in road infrastructure. The total length of national highways is currently around one lakh thirty four thousand kilometres and the aim is to add another sixty thousand kilometres in five years’ time.

Driving into 2021, the government sets eyes on expanding road infrastructure and more electric vehicles. From Kailash Mansarovar route to Zojila tunnel, massive construction works in the country’s roads and highways are either in progress or launched or have been completed during the Coronavirus pandemic in this year. The Ministry of road Transport and NHAI strove hard to turn the pandemic crisis into an opportunity.

Several tunnel roads are under construction in the Jammu and Kashmir region alone including construction of the 8450 metres long twin tube tunnel between Qazigunf and Banihal that will be completed by the coming March. Government is confident of completing the one lakh crore Delhi Mumbai express corridor project in the next two years.

Government is also planning to set up at least one e-charging kiosk at each of the around 69,000 Petrol pumps across the country with a focus on green fuel as well as to reduce carbon emissions by 30-35 per cent . For thirty five logistics parks under the Bharatmala initiative, a special purpose vehicle has been set up. India also has the potential to become the largest electric vehicles producer in the world in the next five years. We should be in a mission mode to achieve this.

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