Currently going at 3 kms a day, Nitin Gadkari, Union road transport and Highways minister is keeping construction of 30 km of roads a day by 2016 as his top most priority.
Once the DPR – detailed project report on projects of 50,000 km is ready, which is going to take almost a year; road construction of 30 km a day is possible.
Railway clearances for over-bridges and to facilitate faster environmental clearances would help the construction pace by 10-fold in the next two years.
Currently Rs. 40,000 crore worth road projects of almost 2,000 kms are going on on EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) model.
As there is 100 per cent FDI in infrastructure is allowed, the government is exploring possibilities in “capital from abroad and contractors from country” for road projects.
Soon, the electronic toll system will be operational all over India and which is expected to save almost Rs 86,000 crore per annum, with reference to the study conducted by IIM Kolkata – which observed a fuel loss worth Rs 60,000 per annum due to waiting at toll nakas and only truckers faced loss of Rs 26,000 per annum. Said, Nitin Gadkari.