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Yudhvir Singh Malik  

The Union government said on Wednesday that the road construction programme, BharatMala, will connect 550 districts to national highways.

“With BharatMala, 550 districts will get linked to national highways against 300 districts at present. We will have 50 economic corridors against the existing six,” Road Transport and Highways Secretary Yudhvir Singh Malik said at a press conference.

Mr. Malik said 70-80% total freight will move on national highways against 40% freight at present due to BharatMala.

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said the government will roll out most of the projects announced under BharatMala by December 2018. “This is the biggest infrastructure programme that will give priority to tribal and backward areas and border regions,” Mr. Gadkari said.

He said the Ministry has prepared a detailed report for projects worth around Rs. 25,000 crore.

Mr. Gadkari said he has urged the Finance Ministry to increase the budget allocation for the road sector.

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