Issues like land acquisition delaying road projects: Gadkari

Panaji, Jun 12: Union minister Nitin Gadkari said here today said that certain issues, including hurdles being faced in land acquisition, were affecting the schedule of road projects. He said timely completion of a project was important for its cost-effectiveness.
“There are some problems in maintaining the time schedule. We need cooperation of the state government to tackle them. Land acquisition for these projects is a big task,” he said.
Gadkari was in Goa to chair the two-day long meeting, which ended today, to review the ongoing projects undertaken across the country by the Ministry of Road Transport and the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
“We are taking a review of 1,200 projects of over 27,000 kms of length and costing more than Rs 7-8 lakh crore,” the Minister for Roads, Highways and Shipping said.
According to him, the ministry was trying to see how to maintain the schedule of every project.
“The ministry expects cooperation from all stakeholders to complete land acquisition in time. Timely completion of any project is important for the cost effectiveness,” the minister said. Gadkari said that at some places, there are also delays due to the environment clearances. (Agencies)