Building roads is one of the most visible ways to show progress. When the United Progressive Alliance, or UPA, was re-elected in 2009, road transport minister Kamal Nath had increased the highway construction target 10-fold to 20 km per day. He could manage just 12-13 km a day. The current minister, Nitin Gadkari, had set an ambitious target of 41 km per day by 2016/17.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government came to power in mid-2014, at that time the roads and highway sector was not in the best of shape. Highway construction had slowed to 12 km per day. The pace of awarding projects was also decelerating sharply. The UPA government had gone on an overdrive between 2010 and 2012 and awarded more than 20,000 km of highway projects. Many were shelved due to poor planning. A few other projects inherited by this government were delayed by more than three years. But the work under Narendra Modi Government in every sector is at its peak. Every sector is showing the tremendous development. All the projects are being completed on time and the vision of new India is not so far.
In yet another development National highway construction, railway track renewal has hit record high in the fiscal year 2018.Highway construction has hit record of 10,000 Kms while railway track renewal exceeded target to hit 4,405 km. This is in comparison to 8,231 km constructed in Fiscal Year 2017. In Fiscal Year 2014 , which was the last year of the United Progressive Alliance only (UPA),only 4,260 km (11 km per day) of highways was constructed.
Narendra Modi government is building roads thrice Congress build it in 2004-2014. On average, 27.5 km of highways were constructed every day in Fiscal Year 2018, while contracts were awarded for an average 46 km per day, a top road transport and highways ministry official said. Contracts were awarded for 17,000 km in FY18 compared with 15,848 km a year earlier and 3,169 km (8 km per day) in FY14.
The total investment in constructing national highways by both the government and private investors was about Rs 1.5 lakh crore, of which almost Rs 1 lakh crore came from budgetary allocation, ploughing back of toll collections and borrowings by the National Highways Authority of India.
In Fiscal Year 2019, the expenditure on national highways is likely to exceed Rs 2 lakh crore, of which about Rs 1 lakh crore will come from extra-budgetary resources (including NHAI borrowings and monetisation of existing national highways) and more than Rs 70,000 crore through budgetary grants and tolls.
The ministry implements its national highways development programme through NHAI, the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation and state public works departments.NHAI is the single largest agency for implementation of national highways – it constructed more than 4,000 km in FY18 and awarded 150 projects of 7,400 km worth Rs 1.22 lakh crore.
This is the highest ever railway track renewal of 4405 km. The state-run transporter said that the previous best was 4,175 km in 2004-05 due to the deployment of the special rail safety fund which was set up during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s regime.The track renewal work exceeded the target of 4,389 km and the revised target of 4,400 km for the year. As per railways data, during March 2018, 642 km rail renewal was carried out, which is the best ever progress in any month.
The transporter has a network of total track length of 1,14,907 kilometres and of this, on an average 4,500 kilometres of track should ideally be renewed annually.
Infrastructure in the country got a boost in Fiscal Year 2018 as the Centre stepped up awarding of contracts and implementation across national highways and railways.With this government is also providing ample opportunities for employment to generation.You can really imagine how the employment numbers are increasing and it holds no comparison with Congress government.
Source: Economic Times