New Delhi: Union Minister for Roads and National Highways Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday said that the government is working on the reforms of the operations of the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). Also Read - India Won’t Allow Chinese Companies to Participate in Highway Projects, Says Gadkari
Participating in a webinar organised by industry chamber ASSOCHAM, the minister said that major reforms are required in the agency mandated to develop and maintain national highways across the country. Also Read - Centre Aims to Develop Indigenous, Low Carbon Transport System: Gadkari
He noted that although India has improved in the ease of doing business rankings, there are several necessary changes still needed to be made for smooth and efficient execution of projects. Also Read - World Not Interested in China, Says Gadkari as Centre Plans to Reduce Import Dependence on Beijing
Gadkari said that decision making in NHAI lags due to the negative approach of several officials and also because some people are diffident in terms of decision making. “Decentralisation of work and division of power… Now we are working on the reform of NHAI,” he said.
The Union Minister also said that liquidity is the biggest problem in the country right now. He said that the need of the hour is to award more infrastructure projects to save the economy.