Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman announced several measures to augment road infrastructure in the Union Budget 2021-22.
An enhanced outlay of `1,18,101 crore has been provided for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
Over 13,000 km length of roads, at a cost of `3.3 lakh crore, has already been awarded under the `5.35 lakh crore Bharatmala Pariyojana of which 3,800 km have been constructed.
A 3,500 km of national highway works in Tamil Nadu has been planned at an investment of `1.03 lakh crore.
A 1,100 km national highway works will be taken up in Kerala at an investment of `65,000 crore including 600 km section of Mumbai-Kanyakumari corridor, 675 km highway works in West Bengal at a cost of `25,000 crore.
National highway works of around `19,000 crore are currently in progress in Assam. Further works of more than `34,000 crore, covering more than 1300 km of national highways, will be undertaken in the state in the coming three years.
Other important projects such as 260 km of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway will be awarded before 31 March 2021; 278 km work of the Bengaluru-Chennai Expressway will be initiated in FY21 and construction will begin in FY22.
Work on 210 km Delhi-Dehradun economic corridor will be initiated in FY21 and construction will begin in FY22. Similarly, work on 63 km Kanpur-Lucknow Expressway providing an alternate route to NH-27 will be initiated in FY22.
Under Chennai-Salem corridor, 277 km expressway will be awarded and construction would start in FY22 and under Raipur-Vishakhapatnam corridor, 464 km passing through Chhattisgarh, Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh will be awarded in FY21 and construction will start in FY22.