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Three-times more road projects to be awarded this fiscal

Shishir Sinha New Delhi | Updated on March 13, 2018

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Govt identifies 40 targets in eight core sectors

The Government aims to award almost three-times more road projects this fiscal as against the last fiscal.

On an average, it proposes to award over 23 km projects daily (against 8.6 km).

It also aims to complete construction of over 17 km road a day (against 11.67 km).

These are among the 40 targets identified in eight infrastructure sectors by the Planning Commission.

The proposals were discussed at a meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Secretaries of Power, Telecom, Road, Shipping, Civil Aviation, Coal, and Renewal Energy besides Chairman of Railway Board, last week. Other targets include declaration of Bhopal and two other airports as new international airports and adding over 17,800 MW of power capacity.

According to an official, as a matter of follow-up, the Planning Commission will present progress report first on October 15 then on January 15, and April 15, next year. There will also be a review meeting this month, he said.

Road

A target for awarding 8,500-km stretch has been set. This is 168 per cent more than over 3,100 km achieved during the previous fiscal, an official said. In fact, awarding of road project was very poor during the previous fiscal when just 33 per cent of the target (3,169 km of 9,638 km target) was achieved.

In terms of project completion, the target is 6,300 km which is 48 per cent more than the previous fiscal (4,260 km).

Airport

Talking about airports, the official said that the aim is to declare Bhopal, Indore (both in Madhya Pradesh) and Raipur (in Chhattisgarh) as international airports. Last fiscal, Imphal and Bhuwaneshwar were declared as international airports. This will take the tally of international airports to 24.

Another target is ₹ 934 crore investments by the Airport Authority of India. This is 65 per cent more than achievement made in previous fiscal. The Authority invested ₹ 564 crore during the last fiscal which is just 55 per cent of the target.

Power

Target for additional capacity for non nuclear sources (thermal and gas based) is 15,800.3 MW, while for nuclear is 2,000 MW. Last fiscal, the target was 18,432 MW (including 2,000 MW for nuclear).

Although nuclear target was not met at all, non nuclear capacity addition was 17,825 MW which is over 108 per cent of the target.

Effort will be to generate over 1,000 billion units in the current fiscal, which is nearly 6 per cent higher than 967.2 billion units of previous fiscal.

The Government has set a target of electrifying 15,000 villages against around 1200 villages achieved during previous fiscal.

Published on August 04, 2014

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