The pace of highway construction clocked a record 76 km per day during the last week commencing January 8, the road transport and highways ministry said on Sunday. The ministry also recorded the highest 534 km NH being built or widened during the week. Highway construction usually peaks during these months because of conducive weather.
As per an official statement, the cumulative construction of NHs was 8,169 km between April 2020 and 15 January 2021. During the same period in the previous financial year, 7,573 km NH was constructed, with a speed of 26.11 km per day.
“The ministry is hopeful that with such pace it should be able to cross the construction target of 11,000 km by 31 March,” it said.
The overall award of projects was increased by more than 200% during the current financial year, While 7,597 km during April 2020 to 15 January 2021 has been awarded, in 2019-20, projects of 3,474 km were awarded during the same period.
The ministry said the achievement assumes much significance given the fact that the first two months of the current fiscal were lost due to a nationwide lockdown in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.