Road transport and highway ministry classifies 300 NH projects for completion by March 2019

Recently, the ministry of road transport & highways has acknowledged approximately 300 projects for completion by March 2019. In fact, it is estimated that by end of this year, approximately 100 projects would be completed.

In meeting, Nitin Gadkari, Union minister of road transport & highway said that a widespread review of the various running highways projects of 20 states had happened earlier this week. The meeting organized in Goa was also joined by different senior officials of the Ministry, NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) NHIDCL (National Highways Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd), PWD Secretaries of respective states and other officials. In fact, he further added that 127 NHAI projects and 153 Ministry projects, which earlier were expected to get completed by June 2019, are now directed for expedited completion by March 2019.

Plus the creation target of NHAI for the year 2018-19 has too been revised up from 5058 km to 6000 km. Gadkari expressed assurance that the organization would surpass the estimated target. During meeting, the other most discussed topics were delay in acquisition of land, environment clearance and go-ahead permission of cutting down of trees that are resulting in the delay of highways projects

The minister also informed that in the very next meetings, the projects of Maharashtra and the North Eastern states will be reviewed. Although, Gadkari praised the performance of states especially like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh that have been able to effectively sort out these issues and help expedite the highways projects. The outcome of the meeting was also that other states like Odisha and Bihar, require to significantly progress their performance in this regard.

Apart from all these, he emphasized on the requirement of systematic reviews and effective checking for the successful removing of the problems as discussed and accelerating projects all across the country. He added, the recent extensive review meetings in different states like Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu with concerned state and central officials primarily aimed to expedite projects in these states. Following the Goa review meeting, chief secretaries of all states have been asked to hold regular such review meetings as it would help in sorting the problems.

Faulty DPRs which has been counted as one of the other reasons for project delay. Consequently, it has been decided to compile a list of projects that have been delayed and simultaneously consultants involved in making faulty DPRs will be penalized.