28 July : To provide unhindered, high-speed, and safe movement of traffic, it has been recommended to consider establishing an Expressways Authority of India in the Eleventh Five Year Plan. The authority would formulate and implement a Master Plan for 15600 km of access-controlled expressways for high – density corridors while simultaneously expediting construction of 1000 km of expressways under National Highway Development Project (NHDP) Phase VI. However, no final decision has been taken so far. This information was provided by Shri R.P.N. Singh Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways in Lok Sabha today.
He also informed that the Government has approved four expressway projects on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) basis. The cabinet has approved this proposal at an estimated cost of Rs.16, 680 crore. Alignments for these projects are almost finalized and feasibility studies have been undertaken.