Road projects of 1000-km up for grab

    National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)
    The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which has already invited bids for a length of 10,460 km till January, 2018, is all set to achieve a quantum jump in the award of road projects in the outgoing fiscal. This is so because further bids for a length of 1,000-km will be invited within the next fortnight itself, said official sources. The average length of road projects awarded by NHAI in the last 5 years was 2,860 km, with 4,335 km awarded in 2016-17. Apart from these, shipping and water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation infra segments also set a target for NHAI for award of 10,000 km this year. Projects for a length of nearly 2,700 km, costing Rs.43,000 crore have already been awarded in 2017-18, and there are plans to award 3,300 km in February and 5,000 km in March 2018 subject to a good response in bidding and cooperation from state governments in land acquisition and project clearances. The projects awarded and likely to be awarded by March 2018 include 1,900 km in Maharashtra; 1150 km in Rajasthan; 1,020 km in Uttar Pradesh; 880 km in Odisha; 745 km in Andhra Pradesh; 740 km in Madhya Pradesh; 650 km in Gujarat; 620 km in Karnataka; 570 km in Tamilnadu; 500 km in Bihar; 430 km in Jharkhand; 365 km in Telangana; 350 km in Haryana; 280 km in West Bengal; 270 km in Chattisgarh; and balance in other states (150 km in Punjab; 150 km. in Himachal Pradesh; 140 km in Delhi, 120 km in Kerala; 100 km in J&K). Once awarded, these projects will provide a boost to the government's ambitious "Bharatmala Pariyojana".
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