NEW DELHI: Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways (MoRTH), in a statement on Thursday, September 3, said that it surpassed the construction target of 2,771 kilometres (km) and constructed 3,181 km of national highways (NH) in April-August. This includes 2,104 km of highways designed by state Public Works Department (PWDs), 879 km by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), and 198 km by the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL).
In addition, 3,300 km of NH work in this year have been awarded till August, which is more than twice of the 1,367km during the same time last year, the ministry said. It added that this involves 2,167 km of NH awarded by PWDs, 793km by NHAI, and 341 km by NHIDCL.
During the April-August period, sanctions were issued for construction of 2,983 km of NH across the country, which includes 1,265 km by PWDs, 1,183 km by NHAI, and 535 km by NHIDCL. NHAI, earlier this week, had said that despite challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it had awarded projects worth Rs 31,000 crore in the first five months of the current fiscal year.