The Minister of Road
Transport & Highways and Shipping, Shri Nitin Gadkari has emphasized on
fast tracking the award and construction of National Highways projects.
In a review of NHAI projects today, Shri Gadkari said that while a
record 16,271 km of National Highways have been awarded and 8231 km
constructed during the year 2016-17, work needs to be done at a much
faster pace to award more projects and construct those that have been
awarded. Shri Gadkari has also said that there will be an award for the
best performing Project Director and Regional Officer.
Shri Gadkari has said that the Mumbai-Vadodara, Bangalore-Chennai and
Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressways are to be sanctioned by June 2017.
Tender for 33 wayside amenities is also to be floated by June 2017.
Electronic Toll Collection will be made available on all lanes on all
toll plazas by 31March, 2018.
Referring to the problem of land acquisition as one of the hurdles in
implementation of projects, Shri Gadkari called for positive cooperation
with the concerned state governments to tackle the issue. He also called
for expeditious resolution of issues like forest clearances, appointment
of independent engineers, change of scope etc.