My Queue

There are no Videos in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any video to save to your queue.

There are no Articles in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any article to save to your queue.

There are no Podcasts in your queue.

Click on the Add to next to any podcast episode to save to your queue.

You're not following any authors.

Click the Follow button on any author page to keep up with the latest content from your favorite authors.

Government Focus

Bharatmala Project Cost Shoots to Estimated INR 10 Lakh Crore, Confirms Nitin Gadkari

65,000 km highways to be constructed under the project by 2022
Bharatmala Project Cost Shoots to Estimated INR 10 Lakh Crore, Confirms Nitin Gadkari
Image credit: Wikipedia Commns
Entrepreneur Staff
Features Writer
3 min read

You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.

The construction of highways has been among the major agendas of Modi-government since 2014. However, land acquisition has emerged as the biggest roadblock for the national highways building program, Bharatmala Pariyojana, which comprises the construction of 65,000 km of highways under its umbrella by 2022.

The Skyrocketing Costs

The project earlier estimated at over INR 5.35 lakh crore would now cost over INR 10 lakh crore due to the heightened charges for acquiring the land, confirmed the minister of road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari. “The total project costing is going up to INR 10 lakh crore,” he shared during the question hour in the Rajya Sabha on June 24. 

Apparently, Bharatmala has not been allotted a single penny by the finance ministry. Hence, “We are raising money from the market,” Gadkari stated. For obtaining money from the capital market, the ministry is making TOT (Toll-Operate-Transfer) model. “We are capitalizing the projects and we are raising funds from the overseas market,” he added. 

Land Acquisition – The Biggest Roadblock

Citing land acquisition as the main problem in delay of projects, Gadkari expressed that the cost was very high in some states. He assured that some state governments are coming forward to lend a hand to the ministry in easing land acquisition process and bearing its cost, which is helping in early implementation of projects. Moreover, “No project is being awarded without confirming the availability of 80per cent land,” he added. 

Sharing an anecdote, Gadkari stated that the Uttar Pradesh state government has taken responsibility for giving 50 per cent of the cost for the ring road. "Land acquisition is so much that it is very difficult for the government to bear the cost,” he stressed. On the contrary, Kerala would be a serious problem due to skyrocketing land acquisition costs.

The Government’s Achievements

Gadkari stressed that projects are not delayed because of land acquisition anymore and the maximum problem in construction is related to DPR (detailed project report). "There were 403 projects pending when Narendra Modi came to power involving a cost of INR 3,85,000 crore,” Gadkari boasted calling it a great achievement of Indian government.

“We saved bankers of INR 3 lakh crore of NPAs and now 90 percent of projects are moving fast," he further shared. The first phase of the Bharatmala program approved in 2017 includes construction of 24,800 km of national highways, in addition to 10,000 km of balance road works under the national highways development program. "I am happy to inform that projects of 8,000 kms have already been awarded," Gadkari shared. 

More from Entrepreneur

Jon Horowitz is dedicated to helping brands with grow their social footprint by aligning with influencers and creating innovative content.
Jumpstart Your Business. Entrepreneur Insider is your all-access pass to the skills, experts, and network you need to get your business off the ground—or take it to the next level.
Are you paying too much for business insurance? Do you have critical gaps in your coverage? Trust Entrepreneur to help you find out.

Latest on Entrepreneur