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No money for highway maintenance , new highways being made in record time

While the government has been rapidly building national highways in the last 5 and a half years, a new record of 30 km per day has been created in 2018-19 but their maintenance remains a matter of concern.  One of the main reaso…





While the government has been rapidly building national highways in the last 5 and a half years, a new record of 30 km per day has been created in 2018-19 but their maintenance remains a matter of concern.  One of the main reasons for this is the very low budget allocated against the funds required for maintenance.  In recent years and in 2018-19, the government has allocated only 35 percent of the total funds required for the maintenance of national highways.

 Parliamentary committee suggested to impose 'maintenance charge'
 The Parliamentary Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture, in its recent report, has raised the question as to why the Finance Ministry is not paying attention to the maintenance of highways.  The panel has recommended that the government may consider imposing a 'maintenance charge' on freight traffic, so that the money can be used to maintain and repair national highways.

The panel said in its report, "In 2016-17, only 40 per cent of the funds needed for maintenance of highways were allocated.  In 2017-18 and 2018-19 it was just 35 per cent of the requirement.  The committee is unable to understand why the finance ministry is not paying as much attention to the maintenance of roads as it should.



 Maintenance of existing roads required by construction of new roads: panel
 The parliamentary committee has also said that maintenance of existing roads should be given more priority than construction of new roads because of poor maintenance leading to road accidents and travel delays.  Regarding this, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry says that the government funds for maintenance of national highways stretches that are not covered under any program or completed stretches are those where the contractor is not responsible for the maintenance.

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