The MoRTH minister Nitin Gadkari also mentioned that India created a world record by constructing a 2.5 km four-lane concrete road in just 24 hours, and a 26-km single-lane Bitumen road was completed in just 21 hours.
There has been a massive push for infrastructure development by the Indian government in the last few years. MoRTH aims to construct roads worth ₹ 15 lakh crore in the next 2 years. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently said that national highways construction has witnessed a sharp rise during the COVID-19 pandemic restriction period. According to the MoRTH minister, the highways construction pace reached 36.5 km per day in 2020-21, which is the highest-ever construction speed for national highways.
National Highways Construction has seen sharp rise during the covid restriction period.
In 2020-21 Highway construction has paced to 36.5 KM/day. This is the highest ever construction speed of National Highways. #PragatiKaHighway
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) July 20, 2021
Through a series of tweets, Gadkari also mentioned that India created a world record by constructing a 2.5 km four-lane concrete road in just 24 hours, and a 26-km single-lane Bitumen road was completed in just 21 hours. He added that exceptional efforts were made to maintain this speed of construction, which included support to contractors, relaxation in contract provisions, direct payment to subcontractors and food and medical facilities to on-site workers.
To ensure quality control in these projects, construction work is being carried out as per the highest IRC standards and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) specifications, the minister further added. Moreover, a quality control zone has been set up to update policy guidelines as well as examine and issue directions for system improvement on quality.