The first phase of Bharatmala project, under which 34,800 km of highways will be developed. It will generate 14.2 crore man-days of employment, the Parliament was informed. The project has been approved at an estimated cost of Rs 5.35 lakh crore.
A total of 34,800 km of national highway length including 10,000 km of residual (NHDP) stretches have been approved for development. Under Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I at an estimated cost of Rs 5,35,000 crore. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
A total of 225 projects, having an aggregate length of about 9,613 km, have been appraised and approved under Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I so far, he said.
“The project is expected to generate about 14.2 crore man days of employment during the implementation of Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I,” the Minister said.
KEY FEATURES OF THE BHARATMALA SCHEME
- Improving the quality of roads – The launch of the scheme has been done for bring a new wave of development in the nation in the form of well-maintained and developed roads. Under this project, the construction of roads, in all parts of the nation will be undertaken.
- Total road construction – As per the draft of the scheme, government and the ministry will strive to complete new roads, which will add up to a whopping 34, 800 kms.
- Integrated scheme – The Bharatmala is the name that is given to the road development and it will include many other related schemes as well. With the completion of all the schemes, the overall success of the scheme will be guaranteed.
- Total tenure of the program -The central government has the plans of finishing the scheme within a span of five years. Thus, all is set for finishing the first phase before the end of 2022.
- Segmentation in phases – Due to the sheer magnitude and spread of the scheme, it will be divided into seven distinct phases. As of now, the first phase in under construction.
- Constriction on a daily basis – To finish the first phase in time, the respective department has made efforts of constructing at least 18 km of path on a daily basis. To beat the clock, continued efforts are being made to raise it to 30 km/day.