- The National Highways Authority of India(NHAI) has decided to change its strategy for project implementation for highways due to high land acquisition costs.
- NHAI has changed the weight it gives to different factors while planning projects.Earlier,freight movement and revenue projects were given precedence over land acquisition.
- NHAI has now decided to consider only those projects that require minimal land acquisition as it is finalising highway contracts worth about Rs 3 trillion under the Bharatmala scheme.
- Bharatmala Pariyojana is an umbrella program for the highways sector that focuses on optimizing efficiency of freight and passenger movement across India.
- The objective of the program is optimal resource allocation for a holistic highway development and improvement initiative.National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been tasked with implementing the programme.
- The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is an autonomous agency of the Government of India.It was set up in 1988 and is responsible for the management of a network of over 50,000 km of National Highways out of 1,15,000 km in India.It is a nodal agency of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways.
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