*Image courtesy The Financial Express

A positive record is emanating from Nitin Gadkari-led Ministry of Road Transport and Highway. The record reveals that it has succeeded in achieving the record-breaking milestone of constructing 37 kilometers of highways per day in the year 2020-21.

Gadkari said in a statement today that this would not have been possible without the dedication and teamwork of the officials and other stakeholders. He said that these achievements are “unprecedented”and have “no parallel in any other country in the world.” 

Placed below, in brief, are the official data:

  • Over the last 7 years, the length of National Highways has gone up by 50% from 91,287 km (as of April 2014) to 1,37,625 km (as on 20 March 2021);
  • Total budgetary outlay increased by 5.5 times, from INR 33,414 Cr in Financial Year 2015 to INR 1,83,101 Cr in Financial Year 2022;
  • Sanctioned amount has increased by 126% in Financial Year 2021 over Financial Year 2020 despite Covid-19 related impact. Sanctioned length in kilometers has also increased by 9% in Financial Year 2021 over Financial Year 2020;
  • Average annual project award (annual average award length) during Financial Year 2015 to Financial Year 2021 has increased by 85% compared to FY10 to FY14
  • Average annual construction (average annual construction length) during FY2015 to FY2021 has increased by 83% compared to FY2010 to FY2014
  • Cumulative cost of ongoing project works has increased by 54% at the end of Financial Year 2021 compared to Financial Year 2020 (as on March 31st)

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