Pace of national highway construction slows down to 20.99 km a day in current fiscal: Govt

The pace of national highway construction in the country has slowed to 20.99 kilometre a day during the first nine-month of the current financial year, according to official data. The pace of the construction of national highway (NH) in the country had touched a record high of 37 kilometre a day in 2020-21.

However, the pace came down to 28.64 km a day in 2021-22 due to Covid-19 pandemic-related disruptions and a longer-than-usual monsoon in some parts of the country, the ministry said.

“The ministry has constructed 5,774 kms of National Highways up to December in 2022-23 as compared to 5,835 km constructed up to December 2021-22,” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) said in its monthly summary for the Cabinet for December 2022.

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) are primarily responsible for the construction of national highways and expressways in India.

The official target of highway construction has been kept at 12,000 kilometres for the current financial year, it said.

The ministry said it had constructed 10,237 km in 2019-20; 13,327 km in 2020-21 and 10,457 km in 2021-22.

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