By Accommodation Times (www.accommodationtimes.com)
In year 2011-12 funds required for maintenance of National Highways 2,800.00 whereas allocation provided by Ministry of Finance to this Ministry for M&R of National Highways are 1,027.25
The Maintenance & Repair (M&R) of National Highways (NHs) are carried out annually as per availability of funds, extent of damages, inter-se priority, spill-over liabilities of works sanctioned during previous financial year, etc. to keep the NHs in traffic worthy conditions. Inadequate allocation of funds for M&R of NHs has resulted into thin spreading of resources on large stretches of NHs. Accordingly, it has not been possible to allocate sufficient funds to the States under M&R as per the norms of the Ministry.
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has also taken a policy initiative to take up operation and maintenance of the developed stretches of NHs on ‘Operate-Maintain-Transfer (OMT)’ basis through private sector participation, thereby leveraging the available resources.
The non-plan allocations that are annually provided by the Ministry of Finance to this Ministry for M&R of National Highways are of the order of about 40% of the actual requirements as per the Ministry’s stipulated norms based on the Report of the Committee on Norms for Maintenance of Roads in India, published in 2001. The Ministry has taken up the issue of enhancing the allocations of funds for M&R of NHs from time to time with the Ministry of Finance. Ministry of Finance has agreed to provide additional allocation of Rs. 300 crore at RE stage of 2011-12.