New Delhi: Angered by the delay in highway projects, a committee of Parliament has asked the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to give priority to completion of pending projects rather than announcing new projects. About 3.15 lakh crore highway projects are pending. Under these delayed 888 projects, 27,665 km of highways are to be built.
In its latest report, the Department-based Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture has asked the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to prioritize its pending road projects. A 31-member committee headed by TG Venkatesh expressed displeasure that 888 projects worth Rs 3,15,373.3 crore were still pending under the ministry. 27,665.3 km of roads are to be built under these projects.
The committee said that delay in completion of existing road projects results in considerable loss of time. This also increases fuel consumption. Also, the cost of the project also increases. The committee has asked the ministry to prioritize completion of existing pending projects rather than announcing new projects.