Bharatmala: Contracts for 6,320 km roads awarded in first phase

The government has said projects for constructing 6,320 km of road have been awarded under the first phase of the Bharatmala project, with the financial implication estimated to be Rs 1.44 lakh crore.

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari also told the Lok Sabha that the total investment for Bharatmala is expected to be around Rs 7.50 lakh crore for constructing about 84,000 km of road.

He said: “Out of the total financial outlay of Rs 5,35,000 crore allocated for Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I, projects with financial implication of approximately Rs 1,44,300 crore for a length of about 6,320 km have been awarded.”

Meanwhile, the Union government has informed that the Raipur to Vishakhapatnam stretch of the proposed expressway has been identified for development under Bharatmala project,

According to officials, with five ports Paradip and Dhamra in Odisha, Visakhapatnam, Kakinada and Machillipatnam in Andhra Pradesh, the opportunity of setting up of manufacturing clusters in Chhattisgarh is immense.

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