New project to bring dist HQs on NH map

July 28, 2014

Dipak Dash |New Delhi:

Road ministry has started preparation for a new phase of national highway development to connect every district headquarter with NHs. To be named as NHDP-VIII, this would cover about 7,300 km roads, which would be made at least two lanes.Sources said since these are newly declared NHs, their widening work can be taken up on government funding mode. None of the project is likely to cross Rs 500 crore.
This means the road transport and highways ministry can approve all these projects and thereby fast tracking construction work.“We are going to come out with this new phase. How and who will undertake these works, whether NHAI or state PWDs or the ministry , will be decided later. These projects can take off quickly since land availability for two lanes should not be a problem,“ said an official. At present, there are seven NHDP phases covering different programmes.The progress has been dismal in phase-VI and VII.

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