New Delhi, Jul 23: Efforts are afoot to complete work on 60 major National Highways projects which will be accomplished in the next 100 days.
Streamlining of land acquisition and environment clearances, premium rescheduling, close coordination with other Ministries, revamping of dispute resolution mechanism, regular meetings with project developers, contractors and state governments, are among the measures being undertaken for the same, official sources here said.
Section 2 of the National Highways Act, 1956 inter-alia authorises the Centre to declare state roads as National Highways through publication of notification in the Official Gazette. The total length of such notified NHs have been enhanced from about 91,287 km as on March 31, 2014 to about 1,32,500 km at present.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways approved “In-Principle” declaration of about 71,898 km length of State roads as NHs since April, 2014 subject to outcome of their Detailed Project Reports (DPRs). Out of these, about 19,170 km length of State roads have been notified as NHs as per Section 2 of the National Highways Act, 1956.
The Ministry considers declaration of some State roads as NHs, through publication of notification in the Official Gazette as per Section 2 of the National Highways Act, 1956, from time to time based on requirements of connectivity, inter-se priority and availability of funds, etc. The same is also applicable for State Roads approved “In-Principle” as NHs.
The Ministry persistently follows up with state governments for their cooperation and pro-active participation in the process of land acquisition for development of notified NHs. (UNI)