Bharatmala Project



Bharatmala Project

The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has taken up detailed review of National Highways (NHs) network with a view to improve road connectivity to coastal / border areas, backward areas, religious places, tourist places, construction / rehabilitation / widening of about 1,500 major bridges and 200 Railway Over Bridges (ROBs) / Railway Under Bridges (RUBs) on NHs, improvement of newly declared NHs providing connectivity to District Head Quarters, Connectivity Improvement Program for Char-Dham (Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunothri & Gangothri in Uttarakhand) under proposed Bharatmala Pariyojana.


The Ministry has assigned the tasks of preparation of detailed project reports (DPRs) for about 17,200 km length of roads and about 205 ROBs / RUBs to various agencies in anticipation of approval of the programme; besides, the Ministry has invited bids for preparation of DPRs for about 1,500 major bridges on NHs. However, the Bharatmala Pariyojana is yet to be formally launched.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Highway Projects in North Eastern Region

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has pledged ODA loan of 96,457 million JPY (Yen) in two tranches for widening and upgradation to 2-Lane with paved shoulder and geometric improvements of the following National Highway (NH) projects:

(i) NH-54 from Km 8.00 to Km 380.00 in the state of Mizoram.
(ii) NH-51 Km. 85.00 to 95.00 and Km. 101.00 to 145.00 in the state of Meghalaya.

Interest rates on the loan for construction works & procurement of goods & services are 1.4% per annum and for consulting services is 0.01%. Re-payment of ‘principal’ will be made in 20 years after the disbursement period of 10 years.

Government has taken up various road improvement projects under Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East (SARDP-NE) for better connectivity in the entire region. In order to expedite road construction in the region, the Government has set up the National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited to augment the capacity of the agencies involved in the development and maintenance of NH in the Region. Further, the Ministry has adopted the Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) mode of contract for major NH works in the region, wherein the contractors are required to complete the work within a fixed cost and time.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Highway Advisory Services

The Government proposes to launch Highway Advisory Services, a radio channel to give real time update of traffic movement on the highways. Highway Advisory Services is going to be launched shortly on a pilot basis on the stretch of NH8 between Delhi to Jaipur in three phases. In phase I existing AIR stations located at Delhi, Alwar and Jaipur are to broadcast the live traffic updates to commuters.

Contract has been signed with AIR to buy air-time for phase I of the pilot project in which 22 bulletins will be issued every day for three months. The bulletins are to include safety awareness content along with live traffic updates on NH8. Possibility of a single frequency for whole country is being examined subject to viability and other regulatory clearances. This pilot project will be launched very soon.

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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Flyovers on Delhi-Jaipur Expressway

The status of work on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway (NH-8) is as follows:

• Total 93 structures (Flyovers/VUP/PUP) have been proposed on six laning of Delhi- Jaipur Project which is on BOT mode.

• Out of the 93 structures, 9 structures have been deleted & 17 structures have been delinked due to non availability of land. Construction of the 17 delinked structures envisaged in the project for smooth flow of traffic depends upon availability of encumbrance free land.

• Out of the balance 67 structures, 61 structures have been completed and 5 structures are targeted to be completed by June 2016 and one flyover (at Hero Honda Chowk) is targeted to be completed by May 2017. A budgetary provision of Rs. 53.90 crore has been kept during the financial year 2015-16 for construction of flyover at Hero Honda Chowk on EPC mode. After construction of flyover at Hero Honda Chowk, congestion on the project highway is likely to be decreased.

Regarding the Delhi-Jaipur Expressway, feasibility study is in progress. In view of high cost of land acquisition, innovative financial options are being explored

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

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NHAI ties up with Indian School of Business for skill development of its technical and managerial manpower

NHAI has taken a significant step in ensuring development of management competencies of its technical and managerial manpower, with a tie up with Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

With the Government’s ambitious plans for infrastructure development in the country, road sector is seen as one of the thrust areas to achieve the objective and ensure sustained economic growth. There is a need for effective leaders who can understand and take on the multidisciplinary challenges that need to be addressed at multiple levels.

The programme on “Leadership Programme in Infrastructure Management” in ISB aims at developing skills and competencies relating to multiple disciplines : Strategic Planning, Finance, Economics, Law, Social and Environmental issues, Public Policy etc. in Infrastructure Management.

Indian School of Business (ISB) has selected eight NHAI officers after stringent scrutiny and evaluation. Four officers which includes Chief General Managers, General Manager and Dy General Manager, have commenced training in “Leadership Programme in Infrastructure Management” this year with funding support from NHAI.

NHAI is planning to create a pool of officers who can play a critical role in ensuring the utmost professional capability to shoulder the responsibilities at senior management level and guide the NHAI towards its long term vision. 

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Web Based Application System for Monitoring Projects
Ministry of Road Transport & Highways is developing a web based application system for monitoring of all projects and will put it to operation after its development. Regular Meetings of Infrastructure Committee headed by Minister of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways are being taken for monitoring of projects. Apart from this, regular review meetings are held with project developers, state governments and contractors in head quarter as well as in field offices with the implementing agencies for removing hurdles in timely completion of projects. 

The details of Highway projects which were cleared by the government in the current year 2015-16  are given below and their completion period have been kept about three years.

State wise and Scheme wise details of Projects Cleared by the Government in Current Year

Sl. No.
States/UT/Scheme
No.
Length in km
Cost   Rs. Crore
1
Andhra Pradesh
5
216.5
1172.82
2
Assam
4
50.5
267.82
3
Bihar
6
56.4
486.22
4
Chhattisgarh
1
32
144.35
5
Goa
17
90.52
782
6
Gujarat
11
120.58
180.63
7
Haryana
6
40.9
87.99
8
Himachal Pradesh
25
86
238.7
9
Jharkhand
16
78.32
485.39
10
Jammu & Kashmir
2
Bridge
27.13
11
Kerala
1
Bridge
46.5
12
Karnataka
28
247.18
907.74
13
Madhya Pradesh
2
46.78
174.95
14
Maharashtra
12
47.77
348.14
15
Manipur
9
24.32
180.79
16
Mizoram
4
Bridge
25.91
17
Meghalaya
7
Bridge
10.85
18
Nagaland
3
4
103.36
19
Odisha
14
253.89
1125.25
20
Puducherry
1
10
8
21
Punjab
18
60.57
155.97
22
Rajasthan
14
77.35
272.61
23
Tamil Nadu
13
316.6
816.45
24
Telangana
1
41.36
160
25
Uttar Pradesh
15
161
1331.61
26
Uttarakhand
47
240
320.29
27
A&N Island
7
40.5
272.48
28
West Bengal
6
Bridge
351.48
29
LWE
5
323
422
30
NHDP-IV A
25
1002
13729
31
NHIIP
5
347
2188.35
32
SARDP-NE
8
182.71
2219.51
33
NHAI
56
3145
43643

This information was given by Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways,       Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 

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