New Delhi: Highway construction in India has reached a record level, claimed Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari on Monday.
“We have built 11,035 km of highways till date this year. This comes to 32.85 km a day of highway building, which is a record,” Gadkari told mediapersons, adding that it may reach 40 km a day by March 31.
Gadkari said that when he took charge of the ministry, highway was being built at the pace of just 2 km a day, with 406 stalled projects.
Massive initiatives were taken to resolve deadlocks and accelerate pace of highway building, resulting in fast-tracking of road building, Gadkari said.
The minister lauded the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the achievement, despite the several constraints posed by COVID-19 pandemic.