Roads Leading to Progress

Wirtgen product for roadsKartiki Lawate

As per government statistics, the Indian roads carry almost 90 per cent of the country’s passenger traffic and around 65 per cent of its freight. Recently, the government had permitted the largest highway construction plan in the country, to develop approximately 83,677 km of roads at an investment of Rs 6.92 lakh crore by 2022. This road construction is aimed at pushing cost-effective activity and generating at least 14.2 crore man-days across the country over the next five years.  On the same, Mandar Gajane , Quantity Engineer with one of India’ Leading Architecture Firm Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors said, “Last time NHAI was implemented during Atal Sirs regime it had created jobs for civil engineers and connected most areas with good roads. Good roads indirectly helped in fast transportation lower rates etc.”

The programme includes 34,800 km of highways to be constructed at the cost of Rs 5.35 lakh crore.  The Bharatmala scheme, under which Mohit Suyogi, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd ITM Group of Institutions said, “It will definitely improve the overall development of the country, first of all it will create numerous job opportunities and the connectivity will be much more improved by linking the major parts of the country.”

Here, Pankaj Vijay, Moscow State Automobile and Road Technical Institute (State Technical University) (MADI), pointed, government has declared the projects, but there is no deadline for tenders and awarding the tenders. To get the boost government should clear how much concrete roads and how much bitumen roads and accordingly ask steel and cement companies to plan production. This information itself can boost the stock market as well.

The project also involves building 6,000 km long inter corridor and feeder routes, 2,000 km of border and international connectivity roads. Along with 5,000 km to be upgraded under the national corridor efficiency programme. This also includes the 800 km of greenfield expressways and 10,000 km under the national highway development programme and 2,000 km of coastal and port connectivity roads.

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