GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 1823
ANSWERED ON 29TH JULY, 2021
Will the Minister of ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS be pleased to state:
(a) whether a target of construction/ upgradation of 35 thousand kilometers of National Highways (NHs) by the year 2022 has been fixed under the Bharatmala Pariyojana in the country and if so, the details of the highways identified for inclusion under the said Pariyojana;
(b) the length of roads constructed alongwith the length of roads proposed to be constructed under the Pariyojana so far, State/ UT-wise;
(c) the funds allocated and utilised for the purpose; and
(d) whether those States will be given priority under ‘Bharatmala Pariyojana’ whose coverage of NHs is less than the national average vis-a-vis population density and if so, the details thereof?
ANSWER : THE MINISTER OF ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS (SHRI NITIN JAIRAM GADKARI)
(a) to (c) The Government of India had approved Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I in October, 2017 with an aggregate length of about 34,800 km (including 10,000 km residual National Highways Development Programme stretches) at an estimated outlay of Rs. 5,35,000/ – crores for development of about 9,000 km length of Economic corridors, about 6,000 km length of Inter-corridor and feeder roads, about 5,000 km length of National Corridors Efficiency improvements, about 2,000 km length of Border and International connectivity roads, about 2,000 km length of Coastal and port connectivity roads, about 800 km length of Expressways. Out of this, projects with length of 17,569 km with total cost of Rs. 4,74,400/ – crores have been awarded. Award of works in entire Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I is targeted by Year 2023 and completion by Year 2025. Till now, length of 5,984 km has been constructed.
(d) Bharatmala Pariyojana has been envisaged based on Origin Destination (O-D) studies of freight traffic movement and it has been envisaged to provide connectivity to 550 districts in the country.
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