Late road projects worth Rs 38K cr to get a push

Apart from inviting bids for new projects under the National Highways Development Programme (NHDP), the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is busy pushing the implementation of delayed projects worth Rs 38,225 crore. In a statement laid in the Parliament today, the minister of state for road transport and highways RPN Singh said these delays were mostly on account of delays in land acquisition, utility shifting, environment and forest clearances, poor performance of contractors and law and order problems.

The government has already spent Rs 30,399 crore on the development of these roads. In the case of Assam, there has been zero progress in terms of kilometres constructed against a target of 629 km. So is the case with Chhattisgarh where not even a kilometre has been built out of a target of 45 km.

Of the Rs 38,225 crore, a major investment of Rs 8,211 crore was slated for UP, of which Rs 6,184 crore has been spent. In Assam even as constructed length stands at zero, the NHAI spent Rs 1,842 crore of a budgeted Rs 5,274 crore. The money seems to have been spent towards land acquisition.

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