The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has planned to construct 1,100 km of highways this month to achieve its target of building 3,500 km in the ongoing fiscal. With a target of awarding projects of 10,000 km for fiscal 2017-18, the authority has already awarded projects for a length of nearly 2,700 km, costing Rs 43,000 crore till January.
The NHAI has invited bids for a length of 10,460 km, costing nearly Rs 175,000 crore till January 2018, and is preparing for a quantum jump in the award of road projects in 2017-18. The average length of road projects awarded by NHAI in the last five years was 2,860 km, with 4,335 km awarded in 2016-17. As reported, the Ministry of Roads, Highways and Transport (MoRTH) had recently declared that about 5,000 km of projects will be awarded in March 2018.
This step is subject to positive response in bidding, and cooperation from state governments in land acquisition and project clearances. As reported, the projects include 1,900 km in Maharashtra, followed by Rajasthan (1,150 km), Uttar Pradesh (1,020 km), Odisha (880 km), Andhra Pradesh (745 km), Madhya Pradesh (740 km), Gujarat (650 km), Karnataka (620 km), Tamil Nadu (570 km), Bihar (500 km), Jharkhand (430 km), Telangana (365 km), Haryana (350 km), West Bengal (280 km) and Chhattisgarh (270 km). A monitoring mechanism has been set up by NHAI to ensure that the targets are achieved.