With more NH routes and a multimodal network, 2022 should be better for the road sector: Union Road Transport Secretary

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Radar 2022 will also see connectivity with remote and impassable terrain, an integrated multimodal national transport and logistics network, the decongestion of important points in the road network and the further development of the voluntary scrapping policy.

Next year, the road sector will see a massive boom as there will be more sections of national roads, multiple projects to be awarded and completed, and fundraising in 2022, making it a better year than last year. Radar 2022 will also see connectivity to remote and impassable terrain, an integrated multimodal national transport and logistics network, the decongestion of key points in the road network and the advancement of voluntary scrapping policy, Union Road Transport Secretary Giridhar Aramane was quoted in a PTI report. In the current financial year, the Ministry of Roads and Motorways intends to build 40 km of national roads a day. The ministry’s goal is higher than the record construction time of 37 km per day in the 2019-20 period.

According to Aramane, the ministry’s performance can extend well beyond the current financial year. The ministry also has a pipeline of awards for next year under the Bharatmala Pariyojna and the national road general program, he said. The ministry has identified projects that need to be offered within the framework of the Bharatmala Pariyojna in the next year.

Regarding the monetization of road goods, Aramane pointed out that all roads built by government agencies are monetized for a short period of 1 to 3 years or for a longer duration of 15 to 25 years. As soon as the ministry completes a road construction, MoRTH will make it chargeable for a year if the market prospects are not good. The ministry will do this for 3 years or under the Infrastructure Investment Trust or under the Toll Operate Transfer model if the appetite is good, the minister said.

He also mentioned that the Modi government is considering securitizing the Delhi-Dehradun and Delhi-Amritsar-Katra motorway projects. The ministry is also planning to securitize the Raipur-Visakhapatnam NH project, which will be India’s first mineral highway as it will bring most of the minerals extracted in the states of Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand to the port of Visakhapatnam as well as other economic centers. One of the ministry’s key initiatives this year was the announcement of the vehicle scrapping policy, which will expire unusable vehicles, he said.

While development work on the various NH projects and tunnels, including the Bangalore-Chennai Expressway, the Delhi-Mumbai Expressway and the Zojila Tunnel, continued at high speed this fiscal year, the foundation stone for the Delhi-Dehradun Expressway and other projects was laid . The ministry is also working on the development of an integrated multimodal national transport and logistics network as part of the “PM GatiShakti – National Master Plan”.

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