Gadkari reviews road projects worth Rs 3 lakh crore
New Delhi, January 23, 2020
Reviewing 500 road projects worth Rs 3 lakh crore, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari today stressed the need for strict adherence to project schedules.
Chairing the first day of the two-day long review meeting of NHAI-Ministry projects in Manesar, Haryana, the Minister called for adopting best practices in project management and construction.
Any inter-ministerial issues holding up a project should be brought to the notice of the Ministry for his intervention to expedite resolution, he added.
Projects from the Southern and Central zones that include Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Puducherry, Telangana, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh were among those reviewed today.
Gadkari also launched an online web portal ‘Gati’ on the occasion. The portal has been created by NHAI taking inspiration from the Pragati Portal used by the Prime Minister's Office. It can be accessed from the NHAI website and contractors and concessionaires can raise any project related issues on the portal.
The issue will immediately come to the notice of every official of NHAI including the top management, and immediate action will be taken by the concerned officer, duly updating it on the portal. The issues raised in Gati will be daily monitored by a team of officers in NHAI and constantly reviewed by the senior officers of NHAI and the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways. This will bring transparency and speed up decision-making, an official press release said.
A total of 500 projects valued at Rs 3 lakh crore will be reviewed in the two-day meeting. Projects from North-Eastern states, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Haryana, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh will be reviewed tomorrow, the release added.