Nitin Gadkari – Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways:
National Highways Construction has seen sharp rise during the covid restriction period.
In 2020-21 Highway construction has paced to 36.5 KM/day. This is the highest ever construction speed of National Highways.
India has also created world record by constructing 2.5 km 4 lane concrete road in just 24 hours and 26 km single lane Bitumen road in just 21 hours.
Special efforts have been made to sustain this speed of construction. This includes support to contractors, relaxation in contract provisions, direct payment to subcontractors and food and medical facilities to on-site workers.
To ensure quality control in these projects, construction is being carried out as per highest IRC standards and MoRTH Specifications.
A quality control zone has been setup to update policy guidelines as well as examine and issue directions for system improvement on Quality.