A total of 6,604 km NH constructed till Feb 2017
The target of construction of National Highways (NH) is 15,000 km, of which 6,604 kilometer (km) have been completed till February in the current financial year 2016-17.
The slow speed of construction is mainly due to land acquisition, utility shifting, non-availability of soil/aggregates, poor performance of contractors, environment/forest/wildlife clearance, ROB and RUB issue with Railways, public agitation for additional facilities, arbitration/contractual disputes with contractors, etc.
There is a well-established mechanism for monitoring and testing of quality of construction and development of the work of National Highways by engaging a consultancy firm of international/national repute for every project, to ensure quality construction.
It supervises, monitors and conducts tests as per procedures laid down in various codes published by Indian Road Congress, manuals and Ministry of State for Road Transport and Highways specifications for road and bridge works, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) quality manuals, etc.
Besides, field units and the Quality Division of the Ministry, NHAI and State PWDs also conduct inspection at various project sites regularly to monitor the quality of work.
Quality auditors are engaged from time to time for conducting quality audits of the project work. On observation of any violation, action against the defaulter is taken as per provision in the agreement.
The Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways, Mr, in the Lok Sabha said that the Ministry has empaneled National Level Project Monitors for monitoring of critical and languishing National Highways projects all over the country.
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