Capex on NHs increased from Rs 51,000 cr in FY14 to Rs 2,40,000 cr in FY23, Parliament told

New Delhi: Capital expenditure on National Highways has seen a significant increase from about Rs 51,000 crore in 2013-14 to more than Rs 2,40,000 crore in 2022-23, Parliament was informed on Thursday.

In a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said budgetary allocation of the road ministry has increased from about Rs 31,130 crore in 2013-14 to Rs 2,70,435 crore in 2023-24.

Such increased budgetary allocation led to the expansion of the National Highway (NH) network in the country from about 91,287 km in March 2014 to about 1,46,145 km at present, Gadkari added.

Twenty-one green field access-controlled corridors, including expressways are being constructed, under which 3,336 km length has been completed.
Gadkari also listed several flagship projects that were already completed or sections of which were completed. The Delhi-Dausa – Lalsaut section spans 229 km, the Amritsar-Bhatinda-Jamnagar section spans 470 km, the Indore-Hyderabad project spans 175 km, the Suryapet – Khammam section of the Hyderabad-Vishakhapatnam project, and Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project in Mizoram were some of the projects mentioned by Gadkari in Lok Sabha.
In November, the ministry, in its monthly summary for the Cabinet for October 2023, stated that the pace of national highway construction in the country stood at 20.78 km a day during the first seven months of the current financial year. The ministry plans to construct 12,500 km of highways in 2023-24.