The country has witnessed major reforms in almost every sector in the last 6 and a half years of the NDA government. One such sector which is the backbone of any economy is the Road Transport and Highways. The nation witnessed a never seen before kind of construction of vast stretches of roads and highways everyday under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari turned the covid crisis into an opportunity and the nation successfully constructed over 6 thousand 200 kilometres of National Highways till November this year which is nearly 300 kilometres more than the construction done last year.
The government has informed that till November this year, construction for nearly 6 thousand 764 kilometres have been awarded which shows a growth of more than 100 per cent when compared to the same time period of last year. From Kailash Mansarovar route to Zojila tunnel to Lipulekh pass, massive construction works in the country’s roads and highways sector are either in progress or launched or have been completed during 2020.
The total length of national highways is currently around 1 lakh 34 thousand 400 kilometres and the aim is to add another 60 thousand kilometres in five years’ time.During the pandemic, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) completed a substantial part of the work of road connectivity from Dharchula to Lipulekh, popularly known as Kailash Mansarovar Yatra route. The strategically-crucial stretch connects the Lipulekh pass at a height of 17 thousand feet along the border with China in Uttarakhand with Dharchula.