Roads and Transportation
Significant progress has been made in putting in place an expanded National Highway Development Programme based on Public Private Partnerships (PPP) as a means of attracting private capital, improving efficiency and reducing costs. Similar State Highway development programmes would be critical for growth of the States.
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has widened and strengthened 321 Kms of highways to four lanes against the target of 543 Kms and the achievement of 578 Kms during the corresponding period of the previous year. The National Highways Organization and Border Road Development Board have widened/strengthened 14 Kms to four lanes, 709 Kms to two lanes and strengthened 335 Kms of existing weak pavement. In addition they have also improved 22 Kms of low grade sections and riding quality of 1006 Kms highways. They have also rehabilitated/constructed 54 bridges during this period.
Going forward, the growth targets spelt out under Eleventh Plan are:
Transportation sector is expected to draw investments amounting to Rs. 3, 66,843 crore or US$ 89.5 billion at 2006-07 price levels, as per Eleventh Plan.