The ministry has stepped up its efforts after directions from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched PM Gati Shakti NMP for multi-modal connectivity aiming to develop infrastructure to reduce logistic costs and boost the economy in October 2021
NHAI and NHIDCL are primarily responsible for the construction of national highways and expressways across the country. The official target has been kept at 12,000 km for the current financial year.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday announced an ambitious target of constructing 18,000 km of national highways in the ongoing fiscal by paving roads at a record speed of 50 km per day.