With the change of power at the Centre, the roads sector was expected to get back on the move with fast-track approvals, delink of forest and environment clearances, increased limits on sand mining, positive movement on land acquisition, online filing for clearances to construct rail over-bridges (ROB) and under-bridges (RUB), and change in bidding from BOT to EPC
Under Nitin Gadkari´s guidance, the rural development ministry is now drawing up plans to spend Rs 3.45 lakh crore to build nearly 30 million houses for the homeless by 2022 under the National Gramin Awaas Mission.
The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has allotted Rs 200.81 crore to expand and reinforce roads in Gujarat providing more connectivity to interior and rural areas of the state with main cities.
Trouble seems to be brewing between the road transport ministry and the Planning Commission on the six-laning of the Golden Quadrilateral (GQ), a highway network connecting the country’s four largest metro-polises Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways will set up a committee headed by a retired High Court judge to implement the dispute resolution mechanism.The committee is intended to free up about Rs 11,000 crore of funds stuck in disputes between the NHAI and contractors.
The Union Road Transport Ministry has announced investments worth Rs 20,000 crore on highways in the state during the next two years. It recently launched the four-laning of Gomati-Chauraha-Udaipur section of NH-8. Furthermore, another Rs 3,000 crore worth of project is in the process of being sanctioned and the rest will awarded through EPC contracts.