The Indian Government has said that a record 8,231 kilometres of national highways were built during 2016-17.
Commenting on the issue, Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari told the media, "While a record 16,271 kilometres of national highways were awarded and 8,231 kilometres constructed during the last fiscal, work needs to be done at a much faster pace to award more projects and construct those that have been awarded."
He also ordered fast-tracking of awarding and construction of national highway projects to further expedite them. He also announced that the best performing project director and regional officer would be awarded for their work.
As per reports, in 2015-16, a total of 6,029 kilometres of national highways were constructed which was also the highest till that year.
Also, the Minister said that the Mumbai-Vadodara, Bengaluru-Chennai and Delhi-Amritsar-Katra Expressways will be sanctioned by June 2017.