Work on Dwarka Express Highway would begin by year-end as the Haryana government has handed over the project to the Centre, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said today.

“Dwarka Express Highway is very important. Before December we will start work on that. This is the project from Haryana government and the Chief Minister has surrendered the project to us. We declared it a National Highway and will start work on this,” the Road Transport and Highways Minister said this in reply to a query at Economist India Summit.

The Minister said the project was stuck due to dispute between Haryana and Delhi governments but now the Haryana portion has been completed and land acquisition in Delhi has started.

Also, he said, the government has planned 12 expressways across the country and work on them would begin by the end of this year.

The Minsiter said the tenders will shortly be out for the Vadodara-Mumbai and Delhi-Jaipur etc projects which would be access-controlled expressways.

Also, he said, the government would complete the Eastern and Western Peripheral Expressways projects within 400 days as announced.

Stressing on the need to augment country’s infrastructure, he said that the government would try to take the road building pace to 42 km a day by March 2017, from about 23 km a day at present.

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