By Accommodation Times Bureau
Central Road Transport and Highway Minister, Mansukhbhai Mandaviya said it is inevitable to build highways for the development of the country. Under the leadership of Prime Minister, the government is putting special emphasis on the formation of states.
On Sunday, he demolished the widening and strengthening work of Dholka-Vitamani Marg. Speaking on this occasion, the Minister said, by the year 2014, there were 92,000 km of highways in the country after Independence. In the next 4 years, the current government has constructed another 35,000 km of roads and 53,5,000 km of highways are operating in the country. Earlier, 11 km of roads were constructed by the UPA government every day while today 28 km of construction work is done.
The government has implemented ‘ Bharatmala ‘ project to prioritize road connectivity in the country for the creation of new India. Under which, the total construction of 35,000 km of roads in the first phase is about Rs. The scheme for the cost of Rs 5,35,000 crore has been approved.
“Under the Bharatmala project, the works to be carried out during the next 3 to 5 years are to the national highways of 5751 km in length and 7 logistic parks to the extent of Rs. Theoretically approved at the cost of 1,02,170. Out of which the first logistics park will be built at Surat,” he said.
Talking about highways in Gujarat he said, currently, 38 national highway projects are being started in Gujarat, which is estimated to cost Rs. 14,488 crores. Apart from this, 2148 km of roads have been given in-principle approval, which is estimated to cost Rs. 25,000 crores.