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Minister of Road Transportation and Highways, Nitin Gadkari said today that India’s road network saw a growth of 59% in the last 9 years, and now stands second to the largest road network in the United States. The country’s road infrastructure now stands at 1,45,240 km compared to 91,287 km in 2013-14, surpassing China.
The minister was addressing a conference on ‘9 Years Achievements of Government’ in Delhi and said that India has made as many as 7 world records in the sector in the last decade.
The minister further said that the revenues from tolls rose to INR 4,1342 crore from INR 4,770 crore in 2013-14. The government aims to increase the toll revenue to INR 1,30,000 crore by 2020, Gadkari said. The usage of fastags has helped in reducing the waiting time at the toll plazas to 47 seconds and the government is taking various measures to reduce it further to below 30 seconds.