Towards Road Construction Boom: Govt Targets To Build Highways Worth Rs 15 Lakh Crore In Next Two YearsDelhi-Mumbai Expressway under construction (@cbdhage/Twitter)

Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari said that the government is giving utmost priority to the development of infrastructure and has set a target of road construction of worth Rs 15 lakh crores in next two years.

Gadkari was confident that the Ministry for Road Transport and Highways will achieve a target of 40 kilometres per day of highway construction in the current fiscal. He said that the Government is permitting 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the road sector.

The Minister said that in India, projects like the National Infrastructure pipeline (NIP) for 2019-2025 is the first of its kind and the government is committed to providing world class infra to its citizens and improving the quality of their lives.

He said that under the NIP, there are over 7,300 projects to be implemented at a total outlay of Rs 111 lakh crore by year 2025. He said that the NIP aims at improving project preparation, and attract investment into infrastructure like highways, railways, ports, airports, mobility, energy and agriculture and rural industry.

Addressing the Indo - U.S. Partnership Vision Summit through video conferencing on Friday (30 April), the Minister said that in the new era of bilateral relations, the national interests of India and the United States are converging and there is growing confidence between both the administrations that all outstanding trade issues will be resolved and major trade agreements will be signed soon. The Minister invited the U.S. companies to invest in infrastructure and MSME sectors in India.

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