In order to achieve the laid down road building targets across the country, Transport ministry has set a staggering target of 16,000-km for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for this financial year of which 6,000 km length would be constructed and 10,000 km length has been targeted for awarding new contracts, said ministry sources, claiming that the nodal agency would complete about 3,500 km during 2017-18, but after taking stock of the work under progress, the ministry has pushed the target forward. Last year, it built and expanded about 2,600 km and NHAI has assured the ministry that it will try to achieve the laid down target. Land acquisition was identified as one of the major bottlenecks hampering speedy road building process as such the nodal agency is now increasingly focusing on greater cooperation with states to expedite the speedier road construction process.