Bengaluru: In a major fillip to road infrastructure, the National Highway Authority of India will award bids for construction of 2000 kms of roads. 

It might be recalled that, owing to the pandemic, there was a brie f lull in awarding the contracts as the offices remained shut for two months. 

It is also to be noted that labourers had returned to their native places during this period. 
As per an Economic Times report, from April this year, the NHAI has awarded around 450 km of projects, while construction of 480 km of roads was completed till May. Overall, the pace of highway construction was 73.5% more in April-May, compared with the first two months of the last fiscal year.

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways constructed 1,470 km of national highways up to May this year, compared with 847 km a year earlier, as per data from the ministry.

“June is primarily about bringing labour back, bringing things on track. We have seen some setbacks on sites, delays, during the past month,” an official was quoted by Economic Times.