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403 road projects worth Rs 3.85 lakh crore initiated during UPA rule are pending: Nitin Gadkari

Road projects in total length of about 1,378 km have been awarded during 2016-17 till June, said Nitin Gadkari

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: July 28, 2016 1:55 pm
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As many as 403 road projects totalling Rs 3.85 lakh crore initiated during the UPA rule are pending due to a variety of reasons, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Responding to supplementaries, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said by the next Parliament session, finality will be achieved regarding these projects — either they will be restarted or terminated.

He said work orders for the projects were issued before encroachments were removed or forest and environment clearance given.

Gadkari said work has stopped in various projects and, in some cases, the companies given the contract are on the verge of being declared bankrupt.

Banks were told to provide additional funds for these projects. “If we terminate the projects, you will lose and the blame will eventually come on you. This is what I told the banks,” he said, adding that his ministry walked the extra mile to ensure that the pending projects reach a logical conclusion.

In his written response, he said the ministry has fixed a target for award of road projects of 25,000 km length during the current fiscal which are envisaged to have tentative completion period ranging from 24 months to 36 months.

Road projects in total length of about 1,378 km have been awarded during 2016-17 till June, he added.

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  1. C
    Jul 28, 2016 at 9:53 am
    (1358/25000) = 6% of the projects awarded in the first quarter.. How is he planning to achieve 94% in next three quarters? ... looks like a miracle if achieved.
    1. S
      Jul 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm
      Normally Shri Gadhakari talk in Rs.Lakh crore expenditure. Our Railway Minister speaks only in Billion $expenditure. I think both are having magic vaunts
      1. K
        Jul 28, 2016 at 8:50 am
        In Haryana, the KPM was pending since long. The main reason looks to be: contractors (possibly backed by congress) siphoned off the money. I think we should thank Gadkari ji for timely completion of various road projects.
        1. M
          Jul 28, 2016 at 9:26 am
          Gadkari is probably one the most corrupted politicians in our country !!!
          1. N
            Jul 28, 2016 at 10:55 am
            There is no point in Gadkari invoking the name of UPA now, after 2 years of the NDA. Gadkari must tell us just what he intends to do about the projects , since these projects were also important to the nation and were not just a UPA property. How many is he committing to restart ?
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