highwayThe National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has achieved record 3,979 km of national highways construction in FY20. This is the highest-ever highway construction achieved in a financial year by NHAI.

The construction pace has seen a steady growth with 3,380 km construction in FY19. The government has envisaged a highway development programme, Bharatmala Pariyojana, which includes development of around 65,000 km national highways.

Under Phase-I of the programme, the approval was given to implementation of 34,800 km of national highways projects with a target of five years with an outlay of Rs 5.35 lakh crore.

Various initiatives had been taken up to accelerate the pace of highways construction which included reviving stalled projects, streamlining of land acquisition and acquisition of major portion of land prior to invitation of bids. It also included expedite projects review at various levels and identification/removal of bottlenecks in project execution besides securitisation of road sector loans.

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