The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has started planning for the Bharatmala Phase-II project and has identified roads with a cumulative length of 5,000 kilometres to be built under the project, a senior government official told Economic Times.
Worth mentioning here is that around 65,000 kms of national highways are to be constructed under the Bharatmala project in two phases. Under the first phase, the authority will build 34,800 kms of national highways by 2022. Out of 34,800 kms of national highways under the first phase, over half has been awarded and the government is now preparing detailed project reports (DPRs) for projects to be built under the second phase, the business daily mentioned.
“We have identified around 5,000 kilometres of roads for Bharatmala-II,” the official told ET.
“We lost a lot of time in the first phase since we prepared DPRs after the approval of the project. This time, we’re doing the reverse,” the official added.