Work on the Dwarka Express Highway will begin by the end of 2016, as the Haryana government has handed over the project to the centre, union minister Nitin Gadkari said.
“The Dwarka Express Highway project is a very important one. We will start work on it before December. This is a project of the Haryana government and the chief minister has surrendered the project to us. We have declared it a national highway and will start work on it,” the Road Transport and Highways minister said, in reply to a query at The Economist’s India Summit in New Delhi.
The minister said that the project was stuck, due to a dispute between the Haryana and Delhi governments. Now, the Haryana portion has been completed and land acquisition in Delhi has started, he explained. The government has planned 12 expressways across the country and work on them, would begin by the end of this year, Gadkari said, adding that tenders will shortly be out for the Vadodara-Mumbai and Delhi-Jaipur projects, which would be access-controlled expressways. The government will also complete the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways projects, within 400 days as announced, he said.
Stressing on the need to augment the country’s infrastructure, he said that the government would try to increase the pace of building roads, to 42 km a day by March 2017, from about 23 km a day at present.