Govt plans 9,000-km road construction

Ensuring that it achieves the target of building 20 km of road per day before the general elections, the Centre on Wednesday said it would allot funds to build 9,000 km of roads next fiscal.

“For next year we are having a target of 9,000 km ... what Prime Minister has promised is before election we will be able to achieve this target so that when we go to elections we will be in position to tell the masses that we built 20 km of roads a day,” Transport and Highways Minister C P Joshi told reporters here.

After being voted back to power in 2009, the UPA had fixed a target of building 35,000 km roads for its five-year term, which was broken down to 20 km per day and 7,000 km per year.

Joshi said the target for next fiscal has been kept on higher side -- 9,000 km-- so that the 20 km a day target could be achieved easily. He said the draft model for EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contracts was in the final stage and the inter ministerial group will likely to finalise it. (EPC mode also means lump-sum payment mode).

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