Critical connectivity projects to be awarded under Gati Shakti NMP, monthly reviews to follow

According to the Ministry of Transport, the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will be manoeuvring 235 connectivity projects spread across Ministries of Steel, Fertilizers, Ports, Shipping and Waterways, and Defence.

The action plan was announced by the Ministry of Transport during a review meeting of the PM GatiShakti NMP. It was deemed necessary considering the slow pace of road construction this year, which has been owed to the unusually heavy downpour witnessed this year.

A total of 168 are to be built under the projects which were identified for the Defence Ministry, which is the maximum, followed by the Ports, Shipping and Waterways Ministry with 61 projects, Steel with 5, and Fertilizer with 1 project. The status of these roads will also be tracked on a monthly basis.

It has also been decided that geo-tagged data of Automated Testing Stations and Registered Vehicle Scrapping Facilities will be uploaded on the PM GatiShakti NMP Portal. Further, mapping of potential sites for these facilities will also be added to it.

According to official data, 4,060 kilometres of national highways were constructed during the current financial year till October-end. This is 10.7% lower than the 4,550 KMs built during the same months of fiscal 2021-22. The centre has also awarded 5,007 KMs of highways till October-end, up from 4,913 KMs during the comparable period of the previous year.

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