In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Gadkari mentioned to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic impact, his ministry took initiatives underneath Atmanirbhar Bharat and supplied a number of COVID-19 reduction measures to contractors, concessionaires and consultants, together with extension of time for 3-9 months.
He additionally famous that the price of ongoing tasks could enhance because of website, native and mission particular components or different components together with worth escalation throughout the mission time cycle.
In BOT projects, escalation price is absorbed by the concessionaire, whereas in different tasks, worth escalation is payable as per contract circumstances, and the precise quantity of worth escalation and inter-alia the precise enhance in mission price, if any, is understood solely on precise completion of the mission and closing settlement of payments.
Replying to a separate query, the minister mentioned out of whole 1,39,032 km, about 37,058 km National Highways have 4/6 lane infrastructure.
Gadkari mentioned the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) had authorized the proposal for funding approval for Phase-I of “Bharatmala Pariyojana” on October 24,2017 for an quantity of Rs 5,35,000 crores.
“Once Bharatmala Pariyojana is implemented, it is envisaged that the National Highway network of length 70,000+ km (50 per cent of National Highway Network) will have a consistent 4-lane and above infrastructure,” he mentioned.
Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase–I consists of improvement of about 24,800 km NH community similar to Economic corridors, Inter-corridor & feeder roads, National Corridors Efficiency Improvements, Border and International Connectivity roads, Coastal and Port Connectivity roads, Expressways in addition to 10,000 km of roads underneath stability NHDP.
Replying to a different query, Gadkari mentioned the ministry has set a goal of building of 12,000 km of National Highways in 2021-22.