Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways issued a statement that the length of National Highways has gone up by 50% over the last seven years. The Ministry accomplished a record-breaking milestone by constructing 37 kilometres highways per day in year 2020-21.
“Over the last 7 years, length of national highways has gone up by 50% from 91,287 km (as of April 2014) to 1,37,625 km (as on March 20, 2021),” said Gadkari while talking about the major achievements.
“Total budgetary outlay increased by 5.5 times, from ₹33,414 crore in Financial Year 2015 to ₹1,83,101 crore in Financial Year 2022. The sanctioned amount has increased by 126% in the financial year 2021 over the financial year 2020 despite Covid-19 related impact. Sanctioned length in kilometres has also increased by 9% in the financial year 2021 over the financial year 2020,” he said while addressing a gathering. The Union Minister said average annual project award (annual average award length) during the financial year 2015 to the financial year 2021 has increased by 85% compared to FY 2010 to FY 2014.