By Our Correspondent
NEW DELHI: Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari in a written reply in Rajya Sabha on Monday said that the Central Government has undertaken massive road development programme under SARDP-NE Scheme in NER. Under SARDP-NE (Phase –A and Arunachal Pradesh) 6418 km (5998 km actual design length) has already been identified for development at an estimated investment of about Rs. 33,750 cr, out of which 3225 km has been completed and 2155 km is under construction.
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has also taken up the connectivity Improvement Program for Char-Dham (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri & Gangotri) in Uttarakhand. The program includes projects of improvement /development of 889 km length of NHs at total estimated cost of about Rs. 11,700 crore. Out of 889 km, 1.1 km has been completed and 646 km length is under construction.
The Ministry had taken up detailed review of NHs network and has given investment approval for Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase I Scheme for development of about 34,800 km (including 10,000 Km residual NHDP stretches) at an estimated outlay of Rs. 5,35,000.00 Cr. Development of major Highways will be done under this scheme including the development of Economic Corridors, Inter-Corridors and feeder roads, National Corridors Efficiency improvements, Border and International Connectivity roads, coastal and port connectivity roads and expressways. Total 246 nos. of projects in a length of 10,100 Km have been awarded till February, 2020. Further, 1255 Km has been constructed under Bharatmala Project in FY 2019-20.