The Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, emphasised on fast tracking national highways construction projects, claim industry sources. In a review meet of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) projects, the minister emphasised on the record 16,271 km of national highway projects awarded, and 8,231 km worth of national highways constructed during FY2016-17. Work needs to be done at a much faster pace to award more projects and construction, said the minister. During the meet, the minister is also known to have discussed the Mumbai-Vadodara, Bangalore-Chennai and Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressways. The expressway projects are expected to be sanctioned later this year. A tender for 33 wayside amenities is also expected to be floated later this year. The minister, in the meet, is also said to have touched upon electronic toll collection technologies being made available on all lanes at toll plazas by March 2018.

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