Government has proposed an increase of about 30 per cent in the budget allocation to the highways sector for the next financial year. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced several measures to augment road infrastructure in the Union Budget 2021-22 presented in the Parliament on this Monday.
An enhanced outlay of more than one lakh 18 thousand crore rupees has been provided for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. She said that more than 13 thousand kilometre length of roads has already been awarded under the Bharatmala Pariyojana of which three thousand 800 kilometres have been constructed.
Work on Delhi-Dehradun Economic Corridor will be initiated in the current financial year, while the Kanpur-Lucknow Expressway project will commence in 2021-22. The construction for Amritsar-Jamnagar and Delhi-Katra projects will also commence in 2021-22.