Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Ghadkari has said that at present 18 kilometer of National Highways are being built every day in the country and he plans to take it to 30 kilometer per day, whereas during last UPA regime only two kilometer of National Highways were built on an average every day.
Speaking to media persons in Ranchi last night, he said that at present out of total 48 lakhs kilometer of the roads in the country, only two percent of it, that is 96 thousands kilometer are National highways, but this two per cent national highways carries 40 percent of the total traffic in the country. He said that he plans to increase the total length of national highways from 96 thousand kilometer to nearly two lakhs kilometer within next three years, as the number of vehicles is increasing at the rate of 10 percent every year.
Mr Gadkari yesterday performed ‘bhumi pujan’ and laid foundation stone for national highways across state worth six thousands crore rupees. Mr. Gadkari also said that 15 roads, of total length 1387 kilometer, have already been sanctioned for Jharkhand in the national highways project during the present financial year.
Earlier in Deoghar, while laying foundation stone for three road projects of nearly 500 crore rupees, he said that due to rush of Kanwariya during Srawan Mela every year, the road from Deoghar to Basukinath would be made four lane, and one lane would be marked exclusively for Kawanriya, during the Sawan festival.