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New Delhi : Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari, has directed officials of National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to speed up the implementation of projects through faster decision making and stricter monitoring.

The Minister, along with the MoS, Gen(Retd) V.K.Singh,  held a day long review of the progress of national highways projects at the NHAI headquarters here on October 3, 2019, during which he also addressed regional officers through video conferencing.

Re-emphasising PM Narendra Modi’s stress on the need for fast growth of infrastructure, Gadkari said that there is an urgent need to develop a positive, transparent, corruption free working system with time bound decision making. Delayed decisions are totally unacceptable, he said, as they lead to huge loss of time and resources, and add to the woes of people. He also directed regional officers to be proactive in coordinating with district officials to fast track land acquisition and other such issues, according to a PIB release.

The Minister also talked about the need to bring down construction costs through new technology and innovative means. He said there is enough availability of funds for construction of national highways through various sources including long term funding from banks. However, in order to improve the economic viability of projects it is necessary to cut down construction costs by employing new materials, innovative technology, and by fast tracking decision making to avoid associated cost  escalation. Gadkari also stressed on the need for performance audit and said that officials must  ensure that the award and construction targets for the year are fully met.

MoS, Gen (Retd) V K .Singh also addressed the regional officers and called for positive, concerted action from them that was  aimed at fulfilling the targets of the Ministry and the expectations of the people of the country.

Gadkari also inaugurated NHAI’s GIS based  Plantation Monitoring System that assigns a unique digital address to each sapling planted on a national highway, making it possible to monitor its progress. The Minister also inaugurated NHAI’s online  Toll Remittance Management System.

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