Even though the union government and transport ministry releases data regularly showing that the roads are being made at the fastest pace ever, there are still parts of the country that do not have any roads. One such place in India is near Pithoragarh in Uttarakhand. A video of youths carrying a Yamaha Ray-Z automatic scooter on their shoulders to their village.
The video, which has now become viral on the Internet shows several youths carrying a Yamaha Ray tied to bamboo. The youths are travelling uphill on a dirt track but we are not sure about the exact location of the incident.
The youth reportedly travelled 8 km with the scooter on their shoulders. The tarmac road ends in Pancheshwar. From there, the youths trekked on the Kitar-Haldu-Pancheshwar road with the scooter. We are not sure if the village where they stay have the roads to get the scooter and other vehicles out of the homes. Also, there are no details on the fact if they do this regularly to get the vehicle to and fro their home.
Indian highways are growing at the fastest pace
According to the official data by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), 1,470 km of the highway was added during the lockdown in April and May. The national highways of India are growing at the fastest pace ever.
Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) revealed that NHAI has increased the national highway construction by a staggering 73.5 percent as compared to the same period last year. India was under a complete lockdown imposed by the central government last year during the same period. This year, however, the state government took responsibility for the lockdown depending on the situation.
In the 2020-21 financial year, NHAI added about 4,350 km of highway roads and projects. NHAI is currently working to increase its capacity too. The authority is already ramping up the pipeline of highways projects that will be awarded to the contractors in the first quarter of the current financial year. The authority is expected to release projects worth Rs 50,000 crore in the first quarter of the next financial year.
Highway construction target changed in 2018
India is currently witnessing the fastest-growing highways in the world. However, back in 2018, Nitin Gadkari-led MoRTH changed the formula to calculate the length of highway built by the government. As per the latest calculations, the width of the highway is also taken into consideration. For example, a 14-lane highway will multiply the construction of that stretch 14 times.
Before 2018, the government did not consider the lanes of the constructed highway and only the actual length was taken into account. The new formula has definitely changed the pace of the construction.