Govt gives priority to road construction in states affected by Left-wing extremism

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New Delhi, November 27
The government has completed around 4,148 km roads in districts affected by Left-wing extremism in the states of Telengana, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh till October 31.
According to officials, the government has undertaken 1,196 km roads out of 1,988 km in the state of Chhattisgarh.
Similarly in Jharkhand, 546 km length of road was constructed out of 760 km, in Odisha 521 km out of 615, a total of 657 km from the total of 674 km in Bihar, 606 km out of 620 km in Telangana, 363 km out of 454 km in Maharashtra and 67 km of roads out of 74 were built in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
Officials said that the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways had already requested the State Governments to constitute district level coordination committee headed by District Magistrate comprising of District Superintendent of Police, Central Armed Police Forces, state PWD and contractor to plan and proceed with the area domination by Armed Forces, in the areas affected by law and order problems.
Besides, the total road length of the country had also increased.
During the year 2013-14 about 4,260 km roads have been developed while in 2014-15 around 4,410 km and during the year 2015-16, about 6,061 km length of National Highways have been developed, officials said.
The government had also taken several initiatives to start work on stalled National Highways projects.
Officials said, 235 NH projects have been assigned to private companies on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) (Toll) and BOT (Annuity) modes.
Some projects have been delayed due to various reasons including land acquisition, utility shifting, delay in obtaining statutory clearances, litigations and financial problems of the concessionaires.
To get such stalled Highways projects out of crunch, the Government had permitted one time fund infusion to revive and physically complete languishing NH projects under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode and also allowed rationalised compensation to concessionaires, in case delays were not attributable to them, to increase fund flow into the highway sector.
Various steps have also been taken by the Government/National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to remove the hurdles affecting the construction of National Highway projects which included streamlining of land acquisition and regulatory clearances, close coordination with other ministries, revamped Disputes Resolution Mechanism.
NHAI had also decided not to award projects till all major pre-construction approvals are in-place for the project in order to avoid post bid delays and litigations.

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