Revival of projects that are stuck tops the priority list of Union road transport, highways and shipping minister Nitin Gadkari. In an interaction after taking charge of the ministry, he said that building roads in the Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir is top on the agenda of the new government.
What are you priorities for roads in the Northeastern part of the country?
This is a fact that highway connectivity and development in the Northeastern states are poor and it is a matter of concern for me. We will give highest priority to building roads in the Northeastern states and Jammu & Kashmir.
Have you set any target for highway project award?
We had achieved a peak award of 23 km a day during the earlier NDA stint, which reached a low of 3 km a day. I have a target in my mind but I will not announce it today. Our focus would be on the revival of the sector, which should take around two or three months.
The interest of private sector in developing roads has come down and the government’s focus has shifted to building roads through its own money in the recent past. Would you revive interest in the road sector?
The interest in the infrastructure sector has dropped due to the policies of the earlier government. I have been explained the reasons for the fall in the interest in the road sector, which I will work to revive.
What is on top on your priority list?
There are 50 projects in the highways sector, which are stuck. My first priority would be to revive these projects first.