By Accommodation Times Bureau
Highway projects for a length of 7994 km were targeted for award in the year 2011-12 by the National highways Authority of India (NHAI) under National Highways Development Project (NHDP). The length completed depends on quantum of work available for completion. NHAI awarded only 5237 km in 2007-08 to 2009-10. This comparatively lower quantum of award in previous years resulted in lesser length available for completion and lower targets/completion rates in subsequent years. The award of projects has since been accelerated and 5059 km were awarded in 2010-11. To meet the target of construction at an average rate 20 km per day i.e. almost 7,000 km per year, it is essential that at any given point of time, there should be almost three times this length, i.e. approximately 20,000 km awarded and under construction.
With the increase in pace of award, length available for completion and actual completed length is expected to increase. Progress in implementation has also been affected by poor performance of some contractors, delay in obtaining forest/wild life clearances from Ministry of Environment & Forest, railway clearances for Road Over bridges (ROB’s), law & order problems in some states, delay in land acquisition etc.