Despite being unable to meet targets in the past, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is confident of meeting the target of awarding 10,000 km and constructing 6,000 km set by the road and highways ministry for the current quarter.
Deepak Kumar, the new chair of NHAI has reportedly been quoted stating that the previous set targets could not be achieved due to issues pertaining to court cases and land acquisition. The coming months are expected to show progress as the authority has instated a system of connection between project officers and various states, which would ensure daily monitoring.
The target set by the ministry for 2017-18 aims for 25,000 km award and 15,000 km construction. Until June, only 1,068 km was awarded and 2,269 km have been constructed. Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has reportedly taken the onus of ensuring that 13,000 km of highways are awarded and 8,142 km are constructed in this financial year.