The Ministry of Roads and Highways has started 5,422 km long road construction projects with a total cost of 8,673 billion rupees in left-wing extremism (LWE) areas in 9 states, parliament said on Thursday.

In response to a question in the Lok Sabha, the Minister of Roads and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, replied that 4,932 km of 5,422 km of road construction projects had been completed and the leveling work was in progress.

“Road construction projects in left-wing extremism (LWE) areas in 9 states with a total length of 5,422 km at a total cost of Rs 8,673 crore have been initiated by the Department of Roads and Highways.

“Of that, 4,932 km have been completed and the leveling work is in progress,” said Gadkari.

In response to a separate question, he replied that the development in Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase I had five greenfield expressways and 17 access-controlled highways with a length of 8,142 km. ” Of which 1,025 km in length have been completed, 1,242 km in length will be built. Works with a length of 1,726 km were awarded. The remaining length is divided into different levels such as bidder / FREP levels, ” said the minister. According to Gadkari, the development of different types of corridors / expressways in Bharatmala Pariyojana will optimize the efficiency of the movement of goods and people across the country by adopting a coherent corridor approach based on the origin-destination (OD) principle.

The OD principle aims to connect production with the consumption centers and will enable all 550 districts of the country to be connected through the NH connections. The minister said bridging critical infrastructure gaps in the existing motorway network will improve the safe and smooth flow of traffic and, in turn, will have a positive impact on the country’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI).

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