The highways construction in India reached all time high at 8,144 km in 2016-17. This is 33% more than previous year (2015-16). Also the award of highways construction works also increased to the maximum at 16,031 km in 2016-17. This is also 60% higher than last year.
The ministry had set the target of 15,000 km as target of highways construction and 25,000 km for award. This target was set for NHAI and highway ministry both. Data suggest that maximum share of the achievements have come from the ministry through the state Public Works Departments (PWD).
Last year data shows that NHAI completed the work of construction and expansion of 2,628 km of national highways (NH) till March 31 2017. On the other hand the ministry achieved widening of the over 5,500 km in 2016-17. Last year NHAI has awarded works for 4,335 kms while works for the rest 11,696 km were tendered by state PWDs across India.
Recently, the ministry had replied in the Parliament that "The slow speed of construction of NHs are mainly due to land acquisition, utility shifting, non-availability of soil/ aggregates, poor performance of contractors, environment/ forest/ wildlife clearance, rail over bridge and rail under bridge issue with railways, public agitation for additional facilities, arbitration/ contractual disputes with contractors etc."