Modi sets strict deadlines for completing infrastructure projects
PM has asked for stricter implementation of timelines for completion of infrastructure projects during a review of the key sectors of roads, railways, ports and telecom. The highest ever average daily construction rate of 130 km has been achieved for rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana. This had led to an addition of 47,400 km of PMGSY roads in 2016-17and 11,641 additional habitations had been connected with roads.
In the highway sector, over 26,000 km of four- or six-lane national highways have been built in 2016-17 on a cumulative basis since the NDA came to power. This works out to roughly 24 km a day.
Use of non-conventional materials such as waste plastic, geo-textiles, flyash, iron and copper slag is being pushed by the industry. PM has directed efficient and stringent monitoring of rural road construction and their quality. He called for expeditious completion of vital links that will connect the remaining unconnected habitation at the earliest.
In the railways sector, 953 km of new lines were laid, Track electrification of over 2,000 km and gauge conversion of over 1,000 km was done in 2016-17. 1,500 unmanned level crossings were also eliminated.
Wi-Fi access was enabled in 115 railway stations and 34,000 bio-toilets were added. Modi called for speeding up work related to redevelopment of railway stations and greater creativity in the generation of non-fare revenue.
Progress of important projects in the roads and railways sectors, such as the Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Char Dham Project, the Quazigund-Banihal Tunnel, the Chenab railway bridge and the Jiribam-Imphal project was also reviewed.
In the aviation sector, the Regional Connectivity Scheme will connect 43 destinations, including 31 unserved destinations. Capacity in this sector has reached 282 million passengers p.a.
In the ports sector, under the Sagarmala project, 415 projects have been identified with investment of Rs 8 lakh crore, and projects worth Rs 1.37 lakh crore have been taken up for implementation.
The government claimed that highest ever capacity addition of 100.4 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in major ports had been recorded in 2016-17.