NH Projects in Naxal Affected Areas



NH Projects in Naxal Affected Areas

To remove hurdles in execution of RRP projects, this Ministry has requested State Governments to constitute District Level Coordination Committee headed by District Magistrate comprising of District Superintendent of Police, Central Armed Police Forces, State PWD and Contractor to plan and proceed with the area Domination by Armed Forces, in the areas affected by law and order problems. The Central Government had notified relaxation requiring general approval under Section-2 of Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for diversion of forest land for construction/development of roads involving not more than 5.00 hectares of forest land in each case in Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas. The qualification criteria of the contractors have been relaxed by the Ministry in December 2012 to encourage larger participation of local contractors for LWE works where there is no response despite repeated calls.


This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Speed Limit on Highways

No study has been carried out recently by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways about maximum speed limit. However, based on the report of Bahadur Committee, the Ministry has notified the speed limit for different class of vehicles vide S.O. 1997(E) dated 5th August 2014. The State Governments can restrict the speeds based on local conditions.

Road signage are based on the standards and specification of IRC and are adequate to convey meaningful information to road users. The signages are placed as per condition of stretch required and maintained accordingly.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Medical Services at Nationl Highways

The Government has asked National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) to set up call centres for help to road accident victims on the National Highways. Also, in order to give a boost to emergency care of the accident victims, three pilot projects has been launched by the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways i.e. one each on Gurgaon - Jaipur section of NH 8, Vadodara - Mumbai –of NH – 8 and Ranchi –Mahulia of NH 33 for providing cashless treatment to road accident victims for 48 hours at expenditure up to a limit of Rs. 30,000. GPS enabled ambulances connected with a central control room through a toll-free number 1033, are stationed at intervals of 20 km to transport the injured to the hospitals for treatment within the ‘Golden Hour’.

As per Rule 10 of Rules Regulations, 1989 under the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, every driver shall, on the approach of a fire service vehicle or of an ambulance allow it free passage by drawing to the side of the road. Implementations of provisions of Motor Vehicles Act and Central Motor Vehicles Rules come under State Government.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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3038 km of NHs constructed till 31st January, 2015

Against the target of 6300 km for construction under various schemes of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways during the current year, 3038 km have been constructed till 31st January, 2015.

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has requested for additional funds to accelerate the progress of work to Ministry of Finance. The request was not considered by the Ministry of Finance.

To expedite completion of projects various steps have been taken which include streamlining of land acquisition, streamlining of environment clearances, exit for equity investors, premium re-schedulement, securitization of road sector loans, close coordination with other Ministries, revamping of dispute resolution mechanism, frequent reviews at various levels etc.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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NHs on Border Areas

Development of National Highways (NHs) is continuous process and construction of NHs including in border areas which are sensitive from strategic point of view are taken up depending upon the inter-se priority and availability of funds.

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has incorporated National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) for taking up construction of NHs in North Eastern region and Strategic Areas of the country sharing international boundaries with neighbouring countries. About 10,000 km stretches have been identified for development in phased manner through NHIDCL depending upon the inter-se priority and availability of funds.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Accidents Due to Overloading

The Ministry of Rood Transport & Highways has been emphasizing States/UTs from time to time for strict enforcement of the provisions of law to check the menace of overloading. National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has been asked to take strict action against truckers overloading on National Highways which may prove a deterrent measure. NHAI has also been asked to install Weighing Machines and other necessary equipments near key Toll Plazas on a pilot basis, to curb the practice of overloading. The Ministry does not maintain data on amount recovered as penalty from the overloaded vehicles.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Delay in Golden Quadrilateral

Some National Highway projects under various phases of National Highways Development Projects (NHDP) have been delayed mainly due to land acquisition, utility shifting, non availability of soil/ aggregates, poor performance of contractors, environment/forest/wildlife clearance, ROB & RUB issue with Railways, public agitation for additional facilities, arbitration/contractual disputes with contractors etc.

To expedite completion of these projects various steps have been taken which include streamlining of land acquisition, streamlining of environment clearances, exit for equity investors, premium re-schedulement, securitization of road sector loans, close coordination with other Ministries, revamping of dispute resolution mechanism, frequent reviews at various levels etc. NHAI has decided not to award projects till all pre-construction approvals are in-place for the project to avoid post bid delays and litigations.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Highway Policing

Policing on public places including National Highways is a State subject. The State Government is presently registering, investigating and prosecuting offences under various laws, including the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. The draft Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2015 proposes to introduce the chapter namely, “National Highway Traffic Protection Services” to ensure enforcement of traffic regulation, reduce road crashes, make national highways safer for road users.

This Ministry has introduced pilot project of cashless treatment for road accident victims on the three stretches of national highways. The objective of the project is to save lives of accident victims by providing prompt and appropriate medical care during `Golden Hour’, and thereby reduce fatalities in road accidents. The project envisages transport of accident victims from the accident scene to hospital and, where required, from one hospital to another for treatment at a public or private hospital for the first 48 hours or Rs. 30,000/-, whichever is earlier. Following are the three stretches of national highways on which pilot project has been started:

i. Gurgaon-Jaipur of NH-8

ii. Ahmedabad-Mumbai stretch of NH-8

iii. Ranchi-Rargaon–Mahulia stretch of NH-33

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Deteriorating Condition of National Highways

The National Highways passing through North-Eastern States including Assam, are being maintained in traffic worthy condition subject to the availability of fund and inter-se priority. In this connection funds aggregating to Rs. 286.66 crore have been allocated for the maintenance of NHs in the region, during financial year 2014-15.

                This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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National Highways in Karnataka

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has received proposal for declaration of these roads as new National Highway in the country. Accordingly, this Ministry has declared the road from Bangalore-Ramanagara-Channapattna-Mandya-Mysore-Madikeri-Mangalore as NH taking into account requirement of connectivity, inter-se-priority and availability of funds. Further, development of National Highway is also a continuous process and works are taken up in stretches, keeping in view the requirement of connectivity, inter-se-priority and availability of funds. It would be premature to indicate time of completion of the project.

This information was given by Minister of State for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Steps to Equalise per capita Income Across the States

The per capita income level of States depends on a number of factors which include resource endowments, historical background of development, infrastructure and various other state specific factors. The increase in per capita income is directly related to growth rate in income at national or state level as per capita income is calculated by dividing national/state income with the corresponding total population. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that the Government has taken several measures to improve the growth performance of all the States in a balanced manner. The policy instruments in this regard include plan and non-plan transfer of resources from Centre to States favoring less developed States, tax incentives for setting up of private industries in the backward regions, etc. A number of programmes have also been initiated to reduce income disparity between States. These include Backward Regions Grant Fund (BRGF), Hill Area Development Programme/Western Ghats Development Programme, and Border Area Development Programme, etc. In addition, several centrally sponsored schemes and state specific schemes are being implemented which are expected to accelerate the growth rate of income of various states.

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Objectives of formation of NITI Aayog

The objectives of formation of NITI Aayog are as follows:

        i.            To evolve a shared vision of national development priorities, sectors and strategies with the active involvement of States in the light of national objectives.    The vision of the NITI Aayog will then provide a framework ‘national agenda’ for the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers to provide impetus to.

      ii.            To foster cooperative federalism through structured support initiatives and mechanisms with the States on a continuous basis, recognizing that strong States make a strong nation.

    iii.            To develop mechanisms to formulate credible plans at the village level and aggregate these progressively at higher levels of government.

    iv.            To ensure, on areas that are specifically referred to it, that the interests of national security are incorporated in economic strategy and policy.

      v.            To pay special attention to the sections of our society that may be at risk of not benefitting adequately from economic progress.

    vi.            To design strategic and long term policy and programme frameworks and initiatives, and monitor their progress and their efficacy.  The lessons learnt through monitoring and feedback will be used for making innovative improvements, including necessary mid-course corrections.

  vii.            To provide advice and encourage partnerships between key stakeholders and national and international like-minded Think Tanks, as well as educational and policy research institutions.

viii.            To create a knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurial support system through a collaborative community of national and international experts, practitioners and other partners.

    ix.            To offer a platform for resolution of inter-sectoral and inter-departmental issues in order to accelerate the implementation of the development agenda.

      x.            To maintain a state-of-the-art Resource Centre, be a repository of research on good governance and best practices in sustainable and equitable development as well as help their dissemination to stake-holders.

    xi.            To actively monitor and evaluate the implementation of programmes and initiatives, including the identification of the needed resources so as to strengthen the probability of success and scope of delivery.

  xii.            To focus on technology up-gradation and capacity building for implementation of programmes and initiatives.

xiii.            To undertake other activities as may be necessary in order to further the execution of the national development agenda, and the objectives mentioned above.

The Minister said that as per the Resolution dated Jan 1, 2015 (Annexed at B), the Prime Minister is the Chairperson. The Aayog has a Vice-chairperson and two full time Members. Besides, four Cabinet Ministers as ex-officio Members and three Cabinet Ministers as Special Invitees have been notified. The Aayog has a Chief Executive Officer in the rank of Secretary to Government of India. There is a provision of a Secretariat as required for providing assistance in carrying out the responsibilities entrusted to NITI Aayog. The aforesaid Resolution dated Jan 1, 2015 has replaced the Resolution dated March 1950 vide which Planning Commission was set up and as a result, the post of Deputy Chairman and other full time members of earlier Planning Commission do not exist. The Secretariat of NITI Aayog is in the process of being set up. During this transition period, NITI Aayog has been declared as successor in Interest of the erstwhile Planning Commission.

He said that the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held on February 8, 2015. In this meeting, it was clearly recognized that the States have now emerged into economic growth engines and are equal partners in national development. However, recognizing that different States have different strengths, development needs and capacities, the way ahead has to focus on a shared vision of more inclusive and sustainable development not only between the Centre and the States but also across all States. As such NITI Aayog is engaged in strengthening cooperative federalism so that the centre and State can work as a team towards rapid economic transformation of India.

This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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A Total of 76.83 crore Aadhaars Generated Across the Country

A total of 76.83 crore Aadhaars have been generated as on 15 February 2015 out of a total population of 121.01 crore (Census : 2011). State / UT- wise details of population, Enrolment for Aadhaar is carried out on an on-going basis, and is voluntary in nature. The Government has approved an outlay of Rs. 13,663.22 crore for the period 2009-17, of which an expenditure of Rs. 5512.18 crore has been incurred as on 31 January 2015. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that Aadhaar is a Proof of Identity (PoI) and does not confer any rights, entitlements or privileges upon the Aadhaar holder, whether in terms of any benefits or welfare or citizenship.

He said that various schemes / programmes implemented by the Central/ State Governments and UT Administrations may leverage Aadhaar in accordance with the prescribed procedures, from time to time.

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NITI Aayog to Undertake Midterm Appraisal of Ongoing Five Year Plan

In the first meeting of the Governing Council of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog, which was held on February 8, 2015, it was decided that the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-2017) would continue. NITI Aayog would suitably undertake its Mid Term Appraisal so that a shared vision of national development agenda and important national initiatives are incorporated for their effective implementation in the remaining two years of the Plan. This information was given by the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Planning, Shri Rao Inderjit Singh in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

The Minister said that the Resolution, setting up NITI Aayog provides for a suitable Secretariat of the NITI Aayog for providing assistance in discharging the functions entrusted to it. The Secretariat of NITI Aayog is in the process of being set up. During this transition period, NITI Aayog has been declared by the Government as successor in Interest of the erstwhile Planning Commission. As per government order, the officers and employees holding office under the erstwhile Planning Commission immediately before the date of constitution of the NITI Aayog shall continue to hold office in NITI Aayog by the same tenure and upon the same terms and conditions of service; and continue as such until further orders.

He said that India has undergone a paradigm shift over the past six decades. The role of the State as well as the state of the Economy has changed dramatically over the last few decades. India is now an emerging economy in an increasingly integrated globalized world. The State has now moved away from allocating government resources in a command and control ecosystem to a more complex role – that of mediating through policy action, favourable conditions for private investment, providing public goods and essential services and most importantly, directly intervening in areas that are traditionally neglected by markets i.e. social security and essential entitlements of food, health, nutrition, education and livelihoods to the vulnerable and marginalized groups.

The Minister said that in its 35th Report, on Demand for Grants (2011-12) the Standing Committee on Finance of the 15th Lok Sabha had observed that “The Committee are of the view that while planning is very much relevant in India, the Planning Commission has to come to grips with the emerging social realities to reinvent itself to make itself more relevant and effective for aligning the planning process with economic reforms and its consequences, particularly for the poor”. Keeping with these changing times, the Government of India has decided to set up NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) with special emphasis on strengthening cooperative federalism in India so that Centre and State, as a team can work for ensuring rapid economic transformation of India.


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