31 May 2012

Construction of Expressways

Under National Highways Development Project (NHDP) Phase VI, construction of 1,000km of expressway have been approved by the Government. Main criterion for selection of expressway corridors has been the volume of the traffic on the corridors. 
Vadodara-Mumbai Corridor (400 km) being the highest density corridor has been given priority. Other identified stretches include Delhi-Chandigarh (249km) on NH-1 & NH-22, Bangalore-Chennai (334km) on NH-4, Delhi-Jaipur (261km) on NH-8, Delhi-Meerut (66km) on NH-58, Kolkata-Dhanbad (277km) on NH-2, and Delhi-Agra (200km) on NH-2, out of which remaining 600 is km to be undertaken based on outcome of pre-feasibility studies. Originally, it was targeted to award concession by 2009-10. Delays have been mainly on account of issues pertaining to consultations with State Governments regarding finalisation of alignment, as a result final feasibility reports were delayed. Delhi-Jaipur expressway is also part of pre-feasibility studies. Presently work relating to fixing the alignment of the expressway is going on. 
This information was given by Dr. Tushar A. Chaudhary, the Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways in response to a question in Lok Sabha 

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