In its unfailing quest to push the pace of road building to newer highs, the Union government will award 15,000 km road projects by March this year, Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari said, elaborating that work of more than Rs. 4.5 lakh-cr have already been allocated for projects related to roads and shipping sectors. In addition, under the Bharatmala project, the government has given special focus on construction of roads in Himalayan belt and bordering areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and North-Eastern areas. These apart, priority had also been given to connect the tribal areas with different parts of the country through National Highways and the government has also put port connectivity and promoting religious tourism on top priority by constructing good roads. Prime Minister laid the foundation for the Chardham project, which would come up at a cost of Rs. 12,000cr. Work of 17 projects for Rs. 3,000-cr have already been sanctioned and tendered, he claimed.
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