Bengaluru: Coming soon! The road network in Jharkhand will be on par with the levels in Europe. 

This is the promise Union road minister Nitin Gadkari has made. He was inaugurating national highway projects in Jharkhand. 

He said, "I do not lack cash, you acquire land, send proposals for roads and bridges, I will approve all of them".

But he also added a word of caution. 
He added that he only wants a few things in return like quality work, timely land acquisition, environmental clearances and good officials to oversee the projects, Swarajya notes. 

"I promise you that will transform Jharkhand's road infra to the standards prevalent in Western Europe and the US", Gadkari told a grateful Soren, the website added. 

Road ministry under Gadkari: 

It is to be noted that India achieved the milestone of constructing 37kms of roads in the last year. 

In this regard, minister for road transport Nitin Gadkari had honoured the officers for the phenomenal feat. 

A statement in this regard by the ministry said, “This would not have been possible without dedication and teamwork of the officials and other stakeholders. These achievements are unprecedented and have no parallel in any other country in the world”.

The ministry also gave more information on the major achievements:

Over the last 7 years, length of National Highways has gone up by 50% from 91,287 km (as of April 2014) to 1,37,625 km (as on 20 March 2021);
Total budgetary outlay increased by 5.5 times, from INR 33,414 Cr in Financial Year 2015 to INR 1,83,101 Cr in Financial Year 2022;

Sanctioned amount has increased by 126% in Financial Year 2021 over Financial Year 2020 despite Covid-19 related impact. Sanctioned length in kilometres has also increased by 9% in Financial Year 2021 over Financial Year 2020;