Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reviewed the progress of key infrastructure sectors, including roads, railways, airports, ports and coal.
The review meeting, which was held recently, was attended by officials from the Prime MinisterÂ’s Office (PMO), NITI Aayog and all infrastructure ministries of the Government of India.
During a presentation made by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, it was noted that remarkable progress had been made in several infrastructure sectors. In an overview of the progress in the roads and railways sectors, Prime Minister Modi called for a consolidated approach to existing projects and wanted work towards their completion within strict timelines.
The highest-ever average daily construction rate of 130 km has been achieved for rural roads under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). This has led to an addition of 47,400 km of PMGSY roads in 2016-17. A total of 11,641 additional habitations have been connected with roads during this period.
Over 4,000 km of rural roads have been constructed using green technology in FY17. The use of non-conventional materials such as plastic waste, cold mix, geo-textiles, fly ash, iron and copper slag is being pushed aggressively.
The Prime Minister called for efficient and stringent monitoring of rural road construction with attention to their quality. He also directed the use of new technologies in road construction, and asked NITI Aayog to examine global standards in the application of technology for infrastructure creation, and their feasibility in the Indian context.