Banks not willing to fund road projects: Gadkar

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Banks are not willing to fund road projects and PPP projects in the sector are suffering as private players are reluctant to pitch in, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said in Lok Sabha, reported PTI.

He said due to reduced GDP in the recent past, the tariff being recovered from highways has also gone down, making the sector unviable for PPP projects.

He said even banks are reluctant to fund road projects. But in a bid to convince banks, he had met some top bankers on day and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also likely to hold a similar meeting.

He said while the target of the NDA government is to construct 30 km of roads per day, in July not a single km of road was constructed. He said the results of the fast construction will show results in the next two years.

Gadkari also said government will make all out efforts to overcome hurdles in speedy completion of various highway projects in the country with active cooperation of state governments.

He said land acquisition and getting environmental clearance were the two key problems in non-completion of many of the road projects.

Story first published: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 23:00 [IST]
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