The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways informed Parliament on Thursday that 13,327 km of national highways have been constructed in 2020-21, which amounts to about 37 km per day. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Gadkari said that given the COVID-19 pandemic, his ministry took initiatives under Atmanirbhar Bharat and provided several COVID-19 relief measures to contractors, concessionaires, and consultants, with a period of 3-9 months. Including extension of time.
They also noted that the cost of ongoing projects may increase due to site, local, and project-specific factors or other factors including price escalation during the project time cycle. In BOT projects, escalation cost is borne by the concessionaire, whereas in other projects, price escalation is payable as per the terms of the contract, and the actual amount of escalation and the actual escalation in project cost, if any, inter alia. Yes, known only on actual completion of the project and final settlement of bills.
Replying to another question, the Minister said that out of the total 1,39,032 km, about 37,058 km of national highways have 4/6 lane infrastructure. Gadkari said the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had on October 24, 2017, approved the proposal for investment approval for the first phase of 'Bharatmala Pariyojana' for an amount of Rs 5,35,000 crore.
He further said that once the Bharatmala project is implemented, it is envisaged that the National Highway network of length 70,000+ km (50 percent of the National Highway network) will have continuous 4-lane and above infrastructure.
Bharatmala Project Phase-I involves the development of about 24,800 km of NH network such as economic corridors, inter-corridor and feeder roads, national corridor efficiency improvement, border and international connectivity roads, coastal and port connectivity roads, expressways as well as 10,000 km of roads. NHDP under balance. Replying to another question, Gadkari said the ministry has set a target of building 12,000 km of national highways in 2021-22.