Mumbai: India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accelerated its roads and highways projects by taking pace of highways development at 30km/day in May 2017, according to a report in The Financial Express.
Initial two years of Modi government had seen a gradual increase in the highways construction activity. The roads construction sector has entered into a higher growth trajectory in recent months.
"As against 22.3 km per day in the last financial year, the pace of building highways has accelerated to 30 Km/day-mark in May, 2017," the FE report said.
In the first two months of 2017-18 fiscal year, the average roads construction stands at at 26.6 km/day, that is much higher than the 19.26 km/day clocked in the same period last fiscal.
"It, however, still falls short of the ministry’s ambitious 41 km/day target for the entire 2017-18 fiscal," the report added.
The report cites road transport ministry sources as saying that a total of 1,627 km highways have been built in the first two months of this fiscal: 1,176 km by ministry itself and state PWDs. Besides, a 435 km by NHAI and the balance 16 km by and National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL).