Nitin Gadkari wants officials to avoid delays in the achieving the targets

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By Accommodation Times News Service

The Minister for Road Transport & Highways & Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari has emphasized that a positive attitude, transparent working system and prompt decision making are essential for the Ministry to realize its objective of facilitating safe and seamless travel across the country.

Shri Gadkari said that officials should try to solve problems in a proactive and positive manner within the ambit of applicable rules and regulations, and avoid unnecessary delays. He said that negative approach only leads to delay in the completion of project, and delays cause avoidable cost overruns and harassment to all stakeholders. The Minister emphasized on cooperation, coordination and communication as the key to find solutions. He stressed that there should be proper delegation of work in conformity with management best practices and effort should be on proper utilization of resources so that both time and cost of road construction can be brought down.

At the outset Shri Gadkari also thanked all the officials for having contributed immensely to the country’s progress in the last two years. He added that while it was not possible to be perfect he wanted everyone to work upon their weaknesses and move forward.

While speaking about the problem of land acquisition, he said that following the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, though the cost of land had gone up it had made the process of acquiring land smoother due to adequate compensation. He called upon states to streamline the process of giving compensation.

With regard to managerial skills, he emphasized to need to have appropriate persons for the appropriate job. He also said that to speed up projects, it was necessary to increase the power of R.O.s and PDs. But, he added that while he was in favour of delegating powers there was an utmost need for performance audit at various levels to check delays.  The Minister for Road Transport also felt that there was a need to work on reducing accidents and road fatalities. The rectification work at identified black spots needs to be done urgently. Shri Gadkari also said that he would like to speed up the work on road side amenities on waste lands.

The Minister for State Shri Pon Radhakrishnan said that roads are the second biggest infrastructure after power and that the hybrid annuity model could take development further. He also said that non-disbursement of funds and lack of updation of revenue records leads to delay in land acquisition.

The Secretary for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Sanjay Mitra said that his Ministry would work hard to achieve the steep targets set for the year 2016-17. He said that efforts would be made to delegate powers so that projects could be speeded up. Besides, attention would be given to streamlining processes but only after necessary consultation.  The Chairman for NHAI, Shri Raghav Chandra informed that during the year 2015-16, 9,285 hectares of land had been acquired. He also proposed to provide incentives to Competent Authority for Land Acquisition (CALA) and District authorities to incentivize them to speed up the process of land acquisition.

Here is a list of Approval of Highway Projects during the last year:

Sl. No.

State / UT

 Nos.

Length (km)

Cost (Cr)

1.

Assam

9

115.346

232.71

2.

Bihar

3

55.65

152.62

3.

Chhattisgarh

4

60.38

161.68

4.

Goa

3

13.455

2530.329

5.

Gujarat

5

92.825

499.34

6.

Haryana

4

27.97

84.37

7.

Jharkhand

1

Bridge

2.65

8.

Kerala

2

Bridge

6.04

9.

Madhya Pradesh

3

19.5

134.08

10.

Maharashtra

6

182.54

2411.84

11.

Odisha

5

196.53

433.45

12.

Punjab

4

61.94

199.46

13.

Rajasthan

4

86.26

833.57

14.

Tamil Nadu

7

64.805

1144.91

15.

Telangana

3

21

134.06

16.

Uttar Pradesh

13

406.14

2743.76

17.

Uttarakhand

11

134.93

536.09

18.

West Bengal

2

59.147

447.17

19.

NHDP-IV A

26

1369.651

13398.83

20.

NHIIP

2

285.15

1882.69

21.

SARDP-NE

2

10.19

72.9

22.

 NHIDCL

4

82.615

1230.86

23.

NHAI

87

4614.917

75354.11

 





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