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Pace of laying of roads rises to 22 km daily in 2016-17

The pace of road construction rose to 22.5 km per day in 2016-17, up from 16.6 km per day in 2015-16, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said here on Tuesday.

In 2016-17, 16,271 km of road projects were awarded as against 10,000 km awarded in 2015-16. The pace of road construction rose 36% to 8,231 km in 2016-17 compared to the previous financial year.

The Road Transport and Highways Ministry had targeted awarding 25,000 km road length projects and completing road length of 15,000 km in 2016-17.

Mr. Gadkari told the National Highways Authority India (NHAI) to speed up the pace of road construction in 2017-18, in a review meeting held here on Tuesday. He announced an award for the best performing project director and regional officer in NHAI.

“Referring to the problem of land acquisition as one of the hurdles in implementation of projects, Mr. Gadkari called for positive cooperation with the concerned state governments to tackle the issue,” the Road Transport and Highways Ministry said in a statement. Other issues discussed in the meeting included expeditious forest clearances and appointment of independent engineers for road projects.

The Ministry has targeted constructing 15,000 km of national highways during 2017-18 that translates into 41 km of road construction daily.

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