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Gadkari seeks more powers for NHAI to fast track road projects

Gadkari said a proposal to enhance NHAI powers has already been sent to the Cabinet for approval

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Union Minister on Monday said the National Authority of (NHAI) should have more powers to fast-track road projects while expressing unhappiness over its overall performance.

Gadkari said a proposal to enhance powers has already been sent to the for approval.



"We need to move on fast in I am not happy with their targets," the and Minister said at an event here.

The decision in this regard has been taken to fast-track projects, he said, adding, "We have to strengthen the power of and the Board...Our proposal is pending and we are expecting that the will enhance the power of the That will be useful for road construction."

Stating that even states PWDs were faring better than NHAI, Gadkari said, "This is not done. I am expecting at least Rs 10,000-crore worth of road construction from the

He further said that project delays were due to the "system" as there were so many committees to take decisions and eventually the projects suffer.

"It is because of the system. Everywhere there are committees. You have to go to a particular committee for BOT (build-operate-transfer), then if there is no response then you have to go to another committee for EPC (engineering, procurement and construction)," he said.

Enhancing the power of will help fast-track clearances to highway projects at a time when the government has fixed a target of building 40 kms of roads a day.

The move is aimed at empowering the board to clear all highway projects on its own instead of seeking clearances at various levels.

The board at present proposes a highway project which is cleared by the Ministry of and (MoRTH) before approval if the project amount is less than Rs 1,000 crore.

For projects over Rs 1,000 crore, MoRTH forwards it to the Finance Ministry before nod.

The 11-member board consists of seven full-time members including the chairman besides four part-time members.

The country has an ambitious construction target of 40 km a day.

The current rate of construction is about 22 km a day.

The government had awarded 9,655 kms of construction until February out of a target of 25,000 kms.

It has also raised its construction target to 15,000 kms as against 6,000 kms constructed last year.

Out of this,6,467-km highway projects constructed till February.

Rating agency ICRA has recently said that is likely to miss the target for awarding and execution of road projects by a "wide margin".

"Although the pace of execution increased by 17 per cent during the 8 months of FY2017 (April-November) to 5.82 km/day from 4.96 km/day, during 8 months of FY2016; it is just 27 per cent of target execution of 21.92 km/day.

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Gadkari seeks more powers for NHAI to fast track road projects

Gadkari said a proposal to enhance NHAI powers has already been sent to the Cabinet for approval

Gadkari said a proposal to enhance NHAI powers has already been sent to the Cabinet for approval Union Minister on Monday said the National Authority of (NHAI) should have more powers to fast-track road projects while expressing unhappiness over its overall performance.

Gadkari said a proposal to enhance powers has already been sent to the for approval.

"We need to move on fast in I am not happy with their targets," the and Minister said at an event here.

The decision in this regard has been taken to fast-track projects, he said, adding, "We have to strengthen the power of and the Board...Our proposal is pending and we are expecting that the will enhance the power of the That will be useful for road construction."

Stating that even states PWDs were faring better than NHAI, Gadkari said, "This is not done. I am expecting at least Rs 10,000-crore worth of road construction from the

He further said that project delays were due to the "system" as there were so many committees to take decisions and eventually the projects suffer.

"It is because of the system. Everywhere there are committees. You have to go to a particular committee for BOT (build-operate-transfer), then if there is no response then you have to go to another committee for EPC (engineering, procurement and construction)," he said.

Enhancing the power of will help fast-track clearances to highway projects at a time when the government has fixed a target of building 40 kms of roads a day.

The move is aimed at empowering the board to clear all highway projects on its own instead of seeking clearances at various levels.

The board at present proposes a highway project which is cleared by the Ministry of and (MoRTH) before approval if the project amount is less than Rs 1,000 crore.

For projects over Rs 1,000 crore, MoRTH forwards it to the Finance Ministry before nod.

The 11-member board consists of seven full-time members including the chairman besides four part-time members.

The country has an ambitious construction target of 40 km a day.

The current rate of construction is about 22 km a day.

The government had awarded 9,655 kms of construction until February out of a target of 25,000 kms.

It has also raised its construction target to 15,000 kms as against 6,000 kms constructed last year.

Out of this,6,467-km highway projects constructed till February.

Rating agency ICRA has recently said that is likely to miss the target for awarding and execution of road projects by a "wide margin".

"Although the pace of execution increased by 17 per cent during the 8 months of FY2017 (April-November) to 5.82 km/day from 4.96 km/day, during 8 months of FY2016; it is just 27 per cent of target execution of 21.92 km/day.
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Gadkari seeks more powers for NHAI to fast track road projects

Gadkari said a proposal to enhance NHAI powers has already been sent to the Cabinet for approval

Union Minister on Monday said the National Authority of (NHAI) should have more powers to fast-track road projects while expressing unhappiness over its overall performance.

Gadkari said a proposal to enhance powers has already been sent to the for approval.

"We need to move on fast in I am not happy with their targets," the and Minister said at an event here.

The decision in this regard has been taken to fast-track projects, he said, adding, "We have to strengthen the power of and the Board...Our proposal is pending and we are expecting that the will enhance the power of the That will be useful for road construction."

Stating that even states PWDs were faring better than NHAI, Gadkari said, "This is not done. I am expecting at least Rs 10,000-crore worth of road construction from the

He further said that project delays were due to the "system" as there were so many committees to take decisions and eventually the projects suffer.

"It is because of the system. Everywhere there are committees. You have to go to a particular committee for BOT (build-operate-transfer), then if there is no response then you have to go to another committee for EPC (engineering, procurement and construction)," he said.

Enhancing the power of will help fast-track clearances to highway projects at a time when the government has fixed a target of building 40 kms of roads a day.

The move is aimed at empowering the board to clear all highway projects on its own instead of seeking clearances at various levels.

The board at present proposes a highway project which is cleared by the Ministry of and (MoRTH) before approval if the project amount is less than Rs 1,000 crore.

For projects over Rs 1,000 crore, MoRTH forwards it to the Finance Ministry before nod.

The 11-member board consists of seven full-time members including the chairman besides four part-time members.

The country has an ambitious construction target of 40 km a day.

The current rate of construction is about 22 km a day.

The government had awarded 9,655 kms of construction until February out of a target of 25,000 kms.

It has also raised its construction target to 15,000 kms as against 6,000 kms constructed last year.

Out of this,6,467-km highway projects constructed till February.

Rating agency ICRA has recently said that is likely to miss the target for awarding and execution of road projects by a "wide margin".

"Although the pace of execution increased by 17 per cent during the 8 months of FY2017 (April-November) to 5.82 km/day from 4.96 km/day, during 8 months of FY2016; it is just 27 per cent of target execution of 21.92 km/day.

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