As per a recently released note on behalf of Ministry of Road Transportation & Highways, 2019 turned out to be a year for consolidating the gains that accrued from major policy decisions taken in the previous five years. During 2018-19, projects in about 5,494 km length were awarded and completion was achieved in about 10,855 km length of roads.
The rate of development of roads has increased significantly from about 11.7 km during 2013-14 to about 30 km now, the note maintained. As a result, National Highways (NHs) length has increased from 91,287 km in April, 2014 to about 1,32,500 km. as on 31.12.2019.
The note further says that the Ministry is targeting to develop additional 60,000 kms of National Highways in the next five years, of which 2500 km are Express Ways/Access Controlled Highways, 9000 kms Economic Corridors, 2000 kms for Coastal and Port Connectivity Highways and 2000 kms Border Road/ Strategic Highways. Expenditure of Ministry increased from 33,745 crore in 2013-14 to Rs. 1,37,354 crore in 2018-19. During the current year an expenditure of Rs. 85,275 crore has already been incurred till November 2019 including IEBR of NHAI.